A sharp and revealing look at the myths, legends and history of the season. From the origins of the holiday in the Roman Empire to the emergence of Christmas trees in central Europe, to what might just possibly be the first appearance of Santa Claus - in Switzerland! Flanders draws a picture of the season as it has never been seen before.
12. December 2017, reviewBooklist
"Well-researched...Extensive and highly readable footnotes and end notes make this a pleasurable read."
12. December 2017, quoteThe Sunday Times
"The book is stuffed with facts enough to satiate even the most ravenous post-prandial taste for quizzing."
12. December 2017, quoteThe Observer
"A catalogue of colourful information, as much of a ragbag of cultural references as Christmas itself, and as surprising an assortment of items as any you might find heaped up under a tree."
12. December 2017, reviewNew York Post
As you prepare to make the rounds at holiday cocktail parties and family gatherings this season, now seems like a good time to stock up on conversational Christmas tidbits. Recite these festive facts from "Christmas: A Biography" [.] you'll make it throug
12. December 2017, reviewGlasgow Herald
"In an investigation that becomes more engrossing as it proceeds, Flanders covers an expanse of ground with an enviable elegance. This book is written in the sort of prose that resembles in its purity and freshness the snow outside Judy Garland's bedroom