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St. Nicholas: A Closer Look at Christmas

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This beautiful, fully-illustrated coffee table book provides a closer look at Christmas and the St. Nicholas of history and legend. Full of historical information and rare illustrations from Christian traditions around the world, this book will entertain, inform, and inspire readers as it teaches the true meaning of Christmas giving. Joe Wheeler and Jim Rosenthal use stori ...more
Hardcover, 278 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Nelson Reference & Electronic Publishing (first published July 1st 2006)
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Ozaru
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Rather surprisingly, this is not just a book for Christians. Given the authors' backgrounds, I expected it would be an evangelical text talking of saintly wonder and encouraging people to go to church more instead of watching TV on Christmas Day - it's not like that at all. It contains a wealth of historical detail, starting with the facts of Saint Nicholas's life and progressing through the numerous stories and customs that came to surround him over the centuries. It also covers numerous countr ...more
Orville Jenkins
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wheeler constructs a life of Nicholas of Myra, setting the real person in his historical setting in the Roman Empire. He entertainingly probes the many religious and cultural myths that grew up around this influential figure.

Wheeler provides a pleasing clarification of the mythical evolution of Saint Nicholas in many parts of the world through the centuries. The rich picture he paints here recounts the origin of various celebrations around Christmas and the characterizations of Saint Nicholas.

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Brittany
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
This book provides a thorough background of St. Nicholas, which I enjoyed, especially around the holiday season. However, the last chapter seemed misplaced. It goes into ways to celebrate the season, which seems like a separate book. I also wasn't a fan of them describing the reader as a woman who is a stereotypical housewife and religious. Additionally, the book is cumbersome in size. This is because there are many illustrations. The pictures are mostly from the aurhor's collection of st. Nicho ...more
Bonnie
Jun 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This turned out to be one of the most interesting books I have read lately. I started in on the recommendation of a librarian friend. Initially I found it cumbersome to get used to the writing. Nevertheless, I soon got hooked. Nicholas of Myra was a real man? Really? Following a story through generations tells us more about the generations than the story. It was interesting to ponder on the mythology that built up around Nicholas. A noble life can be remembered, even if remembered with embellish ...more
Rob
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
For parents looking for a way to help their children understand Santa Claus, especially when they begin asking questions, this is THE book to read. Its answers are both satisfying and help build good qualities rather than destroy belief. In this wonderful book, Rosenthal provides a deeper understanding of what lies behind all the stories, and the enormous spirit of generosity that this legend harnesses.
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