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ISBN:1417976500
Author: Alfred Carl Hottes
ISBN13: 978-1417976508
Title: 1001 Christmas Facts and Fancies 1937
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Language: English
Category: Christian Living
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (October 15, 2004)
Pages: 312

1001 Christmas Facts and Fancies 1937 by Alfred Carl Hottes



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1001 Christmas Facts and. has been added to your Cart. Needless to say, I cannot list the 1001 facts and fantasies covered in the book here, but included in the book is a history of the Christmas tree, greenery, what constituted a mediaeval Christmas Dinner including customs, manners, menu, traditions. The author later discusses, at length, the role of hymns and carols, Christmas Cards, tree legends, other Christmas legends, old wives' tales, foods from around the world and Christmas traditions is quite a number of different countries.

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Qudanilyr
Author Alfred Hottes wrote in the Author's Foreword to this 1937 book, "the chapters reveal inspiring facts and fancies gathered over a period of years... Use the index freely. It contains hundreds of entries one would scarcely believe to be associated with Christmas. The teacher will find the book helpful as a source of authoritative pageant suggestions. The homemaker will enjoy new ideas for home fun, decorations and foods... Children will enjoy the Christmas tales as retold from these pages." (Pg. 7)

He observes, "The roots of Christmas observance, however, go deeply into the folklore of the Druids, Scandinavians, Romans, and Egyptians. What we may read of Christmas in ancient days finds its full flower in the past and present customs of our ancestral homes in Europe. There is not an American home that does not color its Christmas with some European observances---gift-giving, trees, greenery, food, games, or ritual." (Pg. 10)

He notes, "It was a much changed St. Nicholas which the Dutch settlers brought to the United States... The lean ascetic is now a fat, jolly old fellow, more humanist than saint. Laying aside his canonical robes, his miter, and his pastoral staff, he has chosen an ermine-trimmed red cap and suit. He had traded his old gray mare for reindeer and sleigh." (Pg. 37)

He points out, "Red and green are the conventional colors of Christmas, no doubt because of the green Holly with its red berries, but there is no historical or legendary reason for these two colors. White is really the true Christmas color if we are to observe the dictates of the church." (Pg. 84) Later, he adds, "In ancient Britain [mistletoe] was the sacred plant of the Druids... The church never sanctioned the use of Mistletoe in the decoration of a religious ediface because of its heathen origin." (Pg. 149-151)

Although 75 years old, much of the historical information presented in this book is "timeless," and still of considerable interest to a modern reader.
huckman
1001 Christmas Facts and Fancies by Alfred Carol Hottes was first published in 1937 and has (lucky for us) gone through several reprints. The work being reviewed here is the 1944 edition. If you want to know about Christmas, if you have questions about Christmas or if you are just into trivia in general, then this is the book you need on your shelf! It is one of the most comprehensive and complete works covering the subject of Christmas available between two covers.

Now this is not a children's book, although the information contained on its pages is certainly pertinent to children every where. The volume I have contains 308 pages, including a very nice and usable index and covers every aspect of this particular holiday. The first chapter or section of the book contains the story of Christmas, and blends with the next section, which covers the Gospel Story and from there covers the main characters and personalities of this Christian event. This is not to say that this is a Christian book, per se though. Every aspect, historical and current of the event is covered and covered in detail.

Needless to say, I cannot list the 1001 facts and fantasies covered in the book here, but included in the book is a history of the Christmas tree, greenery, what constituted a mediaeval Christmas Dinner including customs, manners, menu, traditions. The author later discusses, at length, the role of hymns and carols, Christmas Cards, tree legends, other Christmas legends, old wives' tales, foods from around the world and Christmas traditions is quite a number of different countries.

Did you know that if you eat a raw egg before eating anything else on Christmas morning, you will be able to carry heavy weights? Did you know that when a Bohemian wife burns a Christmas cake she believes she will die within a year? Did you know that in England, bread baked on Christmas will never become moldy? Do you know how to say "Merry Christmas" in 27 different languages?

This work is also filled with various recipes from around the world, all having to do with Christmas. Different crafts are discussed as well as gift giving and various Christmas symbols. Legends, songs, customs, and traditions...it is all here.

For the true lover of Christmas, for those with a curious mind; this work is for you and certainly a must!

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks