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The World Encyclopedia of Christmas

By Gerry Bowler
  • ISBN Code: : 1551996073
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Pages : 288
  • Category : Religion
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At last, a truly comprehensive look at Christmas and all of its customs with its long history around the world. The World Encyclopedia of Christmas contains articles on the history of Christmas baking, drinking, and merrymaking, and Christmas dramas, music, literature, art, and films. It includes entries on the evolution of the Christmas tree and the Christmas card, gift-giving, and decoration of church and home. There are profiles of the many gift-bringers, from Santa Claus to Babouschka, and miraculous tales of the numerous saints associated with the season. And there are histories of seasonal celebrations and folk customs around the world, from the United States to Japan, from Egypt to Iceland. Who, for example, knew the links between the Punch and Judy show and Christmas? That the medieval Paradise tree hung with tempting apples was the forerunner of the Christmas tree? About the Peerie Guizers, who terrorized the Shetland Islands, going door-to-door for Christmas charity? Or what Freudians make of our interest in Christmas stockings and Santa’s entrance through the chimney? There are detailed accounts of Wren Boys and Star Boys, mumming and wassailing, the Feast of Fools and the origins of eggnog. And of course stories of the Nativity and legends of the Magi. With beautifully illustrated accounts ranging from the pagan roots of Yuletide, through the birth of Christ, and the long and fascinating history of the festival ever since, The World Encyclopedia of Christmas, is a rich and continually surprising array of religious and secular history, trivia, literature, and art. This wonderful book deserves to find a home with every family that celebrates Christmas.

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  • Pdf File: christmas-in-pennsylvania.pdf

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Bestselling classic with historical accounts, full-color vintage images, and a selection of recipes from Pennsylvania's Christmas past Originally published in 1959 and written by one of the seminal figures in American folklife studies, this classic work examines the folk origins of Christmas in the Keystone State. Composed of interviews and contemporary newspaper reports, it records holiday traditions from the eighteenth century through the early twentieth century, including mummers, Christ-Kindel and Kriss Kringle, Christmas trees and trimming, Belsnickels, the Philadelphia carnival of horns, Moravian pyramids and putzes, Pittsburgh firecracker celebrations, and holiday treats. Now with full-color images, this edition includes Don Yoder's new expanded afterword on recent research of Christmas customs and a selection of traditional recipes.

Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture

By Sheila Whiteley
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  • Publisher : Edinburgh University Press
  • Book Code : 0748631879
  • Total of Pages : 232
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 531
  • Pdf File: christmas-ideology-and-popular-culture.pdf

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How do we understand Christmas? What does it mean? This book is a lively introduction to the study of popular culture through one central case study. It explores the cultural, social and historical contexts of Christmas in the UK, USA and Australia, covering such topics as fiction, film, television, art, newspapers and magazines, war, popular music and carols. Chapters explore the ways in which the production of meaning is mediated by the social and cultural activities surrounding Christmas (watching Christmas films, television, listening or engaging with popular music and carols), its relationship to a set of basic values (the idealised construct of the family), social relationships (community), and the ways in which ideological discourses are used and mobilised, not least in times of conflict, terrorism and war.

Christmas Past

By Kissinger, Barbara Hallman
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  • Publisher : Pelican Publishing
  • Book Code : 9781455602216
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  • Members : 941
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Quizmas

By Gordon Pape
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Book Code : 0143175629
  • Total of Pages : 240
  • Category : Games & Activities
  • Members : 283
  • Pdf File: quizmas.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Start a new Christmas tradition with Quizmas trivia to delight and stump the whole family. Ever wonder why we kiss under the mistletoe? Are the lights on the Christmas tree just pretty decorations or do they symbolize something deeper? And speaking of Christmas trees, where did that idea come from? Why would we bring a tree into our homes, hang ornaments on it, and treat it as the focal point of Christmas morning? Answers to these questions and hundreds more can be found in this delightful and utterly unputdownable collection of fabulous Christmas trivia.

Christmas

By Nikki Tate,Dani Tate-Stratton
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  • Publisher : Orca Book Publishers
  • Book Code : 145981357X
  • Total of Pages : 80
  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 551
  • Pdf File: christmas.pdf

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Christmas is a popular holiday celebrated by people all over the world. This informative and engaging exploration of Christmas is aimed at the middle grades but will entertain readers of a much wider age range. Learn about the games played, foods eaten, music played and favorite ways of decorating in different parts of the world. With lots of fun facts (about everything from frumenty to the jolly old man in red himself) and recipes, there's plenty in this beautifully illustrated volume to satisfy anyone with an interest in the festive season.

Me and the World

By Mireia Trius
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  • Publisher : Chronicle Books
  • Book Code : 1797211773
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  • Category : Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Members : 499
  • Pdf File: me-and-the-world.pdf

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Me and the World is a colorful, eye-popping universe of infographics about global communities. This content-rich book teaches about other kids and cultures around the world, all while stepping back and really seeing the big picture. Me and the World is the perfect introduction for a generation entering an increasingly digitized, data-driven world. • Packed with dynamic illustrated spreads about customs of other countries • Invites readers to see themselves in its pages through a data lens • Guided by a relatable, school-aged narrator Me and the World pairs visual literacy with data literacy, using colorful illustrations and infographics to present information in a way young readers will not only understand, but enjoy. Equal parts educational and entertaining, this makes a great pick for parents and grandparents, as well as librarians, science teachers, and educators. • Perfect for reluctant readers, especially those who would otherwise gravitate toward numbers-based pursuits like math and science, rather than than reading • The graphs, infographics, and maps are the perfect resource for educators looking for engaging content for children to understand data. • Ideal for children ages 8 to 12 years old • Add it to the shelf with books like The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky, The History Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK, and The Science Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained by DK.

Music around the World: A Global Encyclopedia [3 volumes]

By Andrew R. Martin,Matthew Mihalka Ph.D.
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1610694996
  • Total of Pages : 1017
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 313
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With entries on topics ranging from non-Western instruments to distinctive rhythms of music of various countries, this one-stop resource on global music also promotes cultural appreciation of other countries and cultural groups. A perfect resource for students and music enthusiasts alike, this expansive three-volume set provides readers with multidisciplinary perspectives on the music of countries and ethnic groups from around the globe. Students will find Music around the World: A Global Encyclopedia accessible and useful in their research, not only for music history and music appreciation classes but also for geography, social studies, language studies, and anthropology. Additionally, general readers will find the books appealing and an invaluable general reference on world music. The volumes cover all world regions, including the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific, promoting a geographic understanding and appreciation of global music. Entries are arranged alphabetically. A preface explains the scope of the set as well as how to use the encyclopedia, followed by a brief history of traditional music and important current influences of music in each particular world region. Presents information that is accessible for general readers but will also be useful to specialists and music scholars Examines music from a geographical and cultural viewpoint, allowing students to make cross-cultural comparisons Includes numerous sidebars and appendices that provide even more compelling information of interest to readers, such as information on top-selling artists and albums in various countries, biographies of well-known musicians, and other fascinating "fun facts" and statistics Supports the National Geography Standards and AP Human Geography topics by examining cultural patterns, experiences, and influences

Celebrating Life Customs around the World: From Baby Showers to Funerals [3 volumes]

By Victoria Williams Ph.D.
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Book Code : 1440836590
  • Total of Pages : 1247
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 645
  • Pdf File: celebrating-life-customs-around-the-world.pdf

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This book documents hundreds of customs and traditions practiced in countries outside of the United States, showcasing the diversity of birth, coming-of-age, and death celebrations worldwide. • Examines cultural events in the general categories of birth and childhood events, teen and early adulthood milestones, and aging and death customs • Offers primary and cultural document excerpts that are useful for the purposes of meeting Common Core standards • Includes color inserts that help bring the text to life • Features sidebars that present fun facts, interesting anecdotes, and recipes that are often used to celebrate various life-cycle customs in different countries • Provides information ideal for students studying geography, global studies, anthropology, and world cultures

The Virgin Birth –The Celebration of Christmas as Proof of the Virgin Birth

By John Weldon
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  • Publisher : ATRI Publishing
  • Book Code : 1937136965
  • Total of Pages : 87
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 412
  • Pdf File: the-virgin-birth-the-celebration-of-christmas-as-proof-of-the-virgin-birth.pdf

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Because the virgin birth really happened the world was forever altered. Although this "once in an eternity" birth is usually only considered at Christmas – and then often peripherally – this unique doctrine upon which the Bible and Christianity stand or fall nevertheless impacts every single person's life for eternal good or its opposite. How could something so ancient and unseen be the most important teaching for the human race? And how could a global cultural celebration prove the truth of a miracle 2000 years ago? This eBook will explore one of the most fascinating events in human history.

International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

By Peter Hunt
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1134879946
  • Total of Pages : 944
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 763
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The International Companion Encyclopedia answers these questions and provides comprehensive coverage of children's literature from a wide range of perspectives. Over 80 substantial essays by world experts include Iona Opie on the oral tradition, Gillian Avery on family stories and Michael Rosen on audio, TV and other media. The Companion covers a broad range of topics, from the fairy tale to critical theory, from the classics to comics. Structure The Companion is divided into five sections: 1) Theory and Critical Approaches 2) Types and Genres 3) The Context of Children's Literature 4) Applications of Children's Literature 5) The World of Children's Literature Each essay is followed by references and suggestions for further reading. The volume is fully indexed.