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Why do we have Christmas trees and what, if anything, do they have to do with the story of Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus? When did the tradition of sending Christmas cards begin? Why do we have Christmas stockings anyway? What is frankincense? The twelve days of Christmas? These are just some of the questions answered in succinct, informative entries in this enaging A - Z of Christmas and the meaning behind the traditions we love or hate. Each entry includes a dictionary definition, the origin of the word or phrase including its Latin roots, and sometimes a further relevant snippet of information such as a biblical reference or a general description. Then follows the entry, sometimes just a single paragraph, giving more detailed information in concise, accessible language. Christmas is so all-encompassing that everyone is caught up in it: here is a book which will remind those who have forgotten, or inform those who never knew, where it all came from.
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J. John is an international preacher, director of Christian charity the Philo Trust. He has recently raised his profile through the nation-wide 'Just 10' missions, is author of 26 books/booklets of which 1 million are in print in 13 languages.Review:
'A book to dip into... underneath all the fun is a serious message. Wherever possible, J. John underlines the true meaning of Christmas, and reminds us why we are celebrating.' (Church Times)
'An addictive miscellany that nudges us back towards the origins of Christmas in a way that isn't preachy or patronising.' (Tes)
'Unravels the mysteries and myths which have built up around the ''reason for the season'' and uncovers some surprises... a worthy, well-researched contender for the title of ''family treasure''.' (Methodist Recorder)
'The wealth of information is presented clearly and succinctly, with several items having the charm of the unexpected...A quirky and informative book.' (Methodist Recorder)
'compelling...Great for all the family...this is a fascinating companion for the season.' (Baptist Times)
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Book Description Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. 25/08/2005, 2005. Condition: New. Brand new item sourced directly from publisher. Packed securely in tight packaging to ensure no damage. Shipped from warehouse on same/next day basis. Seller Inventory # 1111-9780826487490
Book Description Continuum, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110826487491