The Christmas Book by Andy Thomas
Did you know that Christmas was once banned in England and Scotland, or that Queen Charlotte introduced the Christmas tree to Great Britain? Andy Thomas relates these stories, and other interesting facts about Christmas in this charming and interesting book about the history of Christmas. I knew a lot about the history of Christmas already, but I learned even more from this book.
Thomas writes from a secular point of view, and annoyed me by using the modern abbreviations BCE and CE for B.C. and A.D. He also focuses somewhat on the Roman and pagan origins of Christmas. However, if you want to read more about the history of Christmas traditions, such as wassailing, carol-singing and Christmas greenery, this is a great book. I liked the illustrations as well.
I received this free ebook from www.netgalley.com in return for an honest review.