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Saint Nicholas - Sinter Klaas - Santa Claus
Read the story of Nicholas, 3rd Century Bishop of Myra, Asia Minor (present day Turkey) and how over time stories of his holy, generous life were embelished into legend.
Discover additions of writer Washington Irving, minister Clement Moore, Civil War illustrator Thomas Nast, Coca-Cola artist Haddom Sundblom.
Explore fascinating origins of the 12 Days of Christmas, Christmas Tree, Carols, Kris Kringle, Creche' scene, Poinsettia, Hanukkah...
Relive events on Christmas throughout history, from Columbus to Valley Forge, the Great Depression to the Korean War.
Travel back in time by reading Christmas Messages of U.S. Presidents, such as:
Harry S Truman, just after WWII, at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, 1946: "If we as a nation, and the other nations of the world, will accept it, the star of faith will guide us into the place of peace as it did the shepherds on that day of Christ's birth long ago."
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are some interesting historical details in this book, but also much repetition of content and a lack of overall structure. At times it reads like a sophomore high school research paper with all of the note cards--both relevant and irrelevant--included in the body. (I learned this, I'm including it.) The title has no relationship to much of the history after the first third of the book. Every other page is photos or graphics and they are without captions,leaving the reader wondering, "Who is in this picture, why is it here?" After the initial description of Saint Nicholas, the development of his character and merging of traditions, the book is just a collection of some significant points/people/facts in global church history. It would have been much improved if the section relating to the title had been well-edited --with appropriate accompanying captioned photos--and published as a quality, focused small book about 1/4th this size. If there are holiday traditions that developed as time progressed, these should be culled, and the author should explain to the reader a summary of the history that lead to these changes or the reason they were developed. By the time I passed the half way point, I could no longer guess why I was reading a paragraph about this or two about that. At the 2/3 mark, I quit trying. I haven't finished the book.