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Beth KephartAn unexpected trill of a book...Merry Christmas! Celebrating America's Greatest Holiday is jammed with fabulous facts about toy villages, holiday lights, wrapping papers, window whopping, gifts, stocking stuffers, cards and just about every other external something historically associated with Christmas. And maybe all that doesn't suggest a provocative, memorable narrative, but once one cracks Merry Christmas! open and starts to read, one discovers that Marling has turned the trappings of Christmas into a story all their own, shooting the whole thing through with such drama, sizzle and charm that it takes off like fable, like something her readers will find themselves inspired to repeat while stuffing stockings or stoking fires or settling down to Christmas turkeys...Marling's infectious enthusiasm for the stuff of Christmas helps to fill the many hollows of our shallow consumer culture—reasserts the beauty of boxes and trim, stuffing and stuffers, glitter and glass, and gives a lovely, historic glamour to it all.