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Many of us long for an alternative to the commercial industry Christmas has become. This beautifully illustrated, full-color book, brimming with folklore, stories, recipes, games, activities, decorating ideas, songs, and other resources, will help families who are "burned out" on Christmas create alternative celebrations more in keeping with the heartful spirit of the original Winter Solstice festivals.
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JOHN MATTHEWS HAS BEEN A PROFESSIONAL WRITER SINCE 1980 AND HAS PRODUCED OVER FORTY BOOKS ON THE ARTHURIAN LEGENDS, ESOTERIC WISDOM, AND THE GRAIL, AS WELL AS NUMEROUS SHORT STORIES AND A VOLUME OF POETRY. HE AND HIS WIFE CAITLIN CO-AUTHORED A PIONEERING STUDY OF THE WESTERN MYSTERY TRADITION, WHICH HAS REVOLUTIONIZED CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO THE ANCIENT BRITISH MYSTERIES. TOGETHER, THEY CREATED THE BESTSELLING ARTHURIAN TAROT, WHICH HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO SEVERAL LANGUAGE. JOHN ALSO ADVISES ON FILM PROJECTS. BETWEEN 1989 AND 1992 HE CO-ORGANIZED THE MERLIN CONFERENCE. HE IS MUCH IN DEMAND AS A SPEAKER IN EUROPE AND AMERICA.From Library Journal:
This beautiful illustrated book by Celtic and Arthurian folklorist John Matthews (Classic Celtic Fairy Tales, LJ 1/98) presents the history of modern Christmas rituals. Trying to combat the commercialization of Christmas, Matthews explains how the solstice is celebrated around the world and how the dates of Christmas are different in different cultures. He discusses the traditions of Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, and others, including mention of a short story featuring Santa Claus's evil twin, Bob. Also included is information on the Twelve Days of Christmas, solstice animals, and celebrations. Each engagingly written chapter contains a celebration for readers to try themselves. Highly recommended for public libraries and undergraduate collections emphasizing folklore, sociology, and religion.AGail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Freeville, NY
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