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With guest appearances by Santa and his reindeer, Boynton's familiar menagerie reveals the ...
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With guest appearances by Santa and his reindeer, Boynton's familiar menagerie reveals the many joys and satisfactions that make Chrismastime such a universally special season: the thrill of finding the right gift for someone you love, and affording it; the personal gratification of wrapping all the gifts early; and the wonder of Christmas morning, when you realize you forgot to label them.
And, in the spirit of giving, Boynton includes her own Christmas recipes: Santa's favorite chocolate chip cookies (with suggested note urging him to "please stack dishes neatly in the sink and wrap uneaten cookies in tin foil"); plum pudding (well worth someone else's time and money); and Wassail, which seems like a great treat if you happen to have 2,640 blanched almonds lying around the house.
This hardcover book makes a perfect gift for the "staunch traditionalist" and the "santaclaustrophobic" alike. 94,000 copies in print.
With guest appearances by Santa and his reindeer, Boynton's familiar menagerie reveals the many joys and satisfactions that make Christmastime such a universally special season. Full-color drawings throughout. A humorous and compassionate carol that makes the perfect gift.
Wassail is a salutation meaning "To Your Health!" It is also the name of the hot spiced ale that is used, especially in Great Britain, for the drinking of healths at Christmastime. Often there is an ornate silver Wassail bowl, which is filled with the wassail drink and carried from house to neighbor's house, as the bearers "go a-wassailing."
At each house, a toast is drunk to the health of every member of the household. After the fifth house, toasts are often drunk to the health of the furniture as well.
Some etymologists believe that the word "wassail" comes from the Middle English "was" (Be) and "hail" (i.e. in good health). But anyone who has ever been wassailled knows that "wassail" is simply an inebriated contraction of "What's in this ale?"
Getting Ready for the Holidays
Decking the Halls
Getting the House Ready
Selecting a Tree
Renewing Old Friendships
About Christmas Cards
The Christmas Newsletter
The Spirit of Christmas Present
Wrapping It Up
About Santa Claus
A Traditional Holiday Sport
Good Things to Eat
The Christmas Festival
About Plum Pudding
Coming Down from Chrismas