If you’ve ever wondered how certain Christmas traditions got started, this might be the book you’ve been looking for.

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas by Ace Collins is a beautiful little book with classic looking illustrations by Clint Hansen. The book is divided into 26 chapters exploring various Christmas traditions and their historical/cultural backgrounds.

Some of the traditions discussed in the book include:

  • Advent
  • Christmas Trees
  • Gifts
  • Mistletoe
  • Poinsettias
  • Santa Claus
  • Stockings
  • Carols and Caroling

A few of the traditions included are more modern, such as:

  • Birthday Cake for Jesus
  • Movies of Christmas

The introduction of the book, subtitled Before You Wish for an “Old Fashioned” Christmas…., is absolutely fascinating. It is a brief historical look at the origins of Christmas celebrations and how we got to where we are now with our current Western Christmas traditions. I was shocked to find out about the controversy and social upheaval that surrounded the celebrating of Christmas not that long ago, even here in America.

Some of the traditions in the book have concrete historical stories behind them and then others have a few different legends or myths to possibly explain their origins. That said, these stories both fact and myth are really interesting and entertaining.

If you love all things Christmas or you’re simply just a history buff, you will certainly enjoy this book. Great book for your own library or as a Christmas gift for someone else.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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