A Christmas Cornucopia

A Christmas Cornucopia The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

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Synopsis

BY THE SUNDAY TIMES NO.1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR

The perfect gift for anyone who has ever wondered about the unpredictable origins and etymologies of our Christmas customs!

For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas.

We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means "Go away, Christ". We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularising sweet wrappers.

Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense - in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.

'Witty and revelatory. Blooming brilliant' Raymond Briggs

'Everything we ever thought about Christmas is wrong! Great stuff' Matthew Parris

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Book information

ISBN: 9780241267738
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Viking
Pub date:
DEWEY: 394.2663
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xviii, 171
Weight: 198g
Height: 183mm
Width: 116mm
Spine width: 20mm