Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan

Christmas in Ritual and Tradition Christian and Pagan A tour of the customs and traditions of Christmas from Christmas Cards to Present Giving with everything in between Full of insightful scholarship and fun facts

  • Title: Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan
  • Author: Clement A. Miles
  • ISBN: 9781434473776
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A tour of the customs and traditions of Christmas, from Christmas Cards to Present Giving with everything in between Full of insightful scholarship and fun facts.
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    • Diana says:

      This book, published in 1912, definitely shows its age. It is Eurocentric without commenting on that fact, as one example; the print is teeny-tiny; and the language is a bit stuffy and quaint. That said, this is an amazing catalog of European Christmas-related traditions from the first introductions of Christianity to the early 20th century. No doubt many of the practices described herein have already vanished. Miles traces the history of indigenous religious practices that were simply renamed a [...]

    • Kenneth says:

      Fantastic. A remarkable resource for anthropologists, historians, and folklorists alike. A scholarly work that, despite its age, remains a valuable addition to any academic collection. I find myself turning--again and again--to its well-thumbed pages while researching a varied range of subjects.

    • Ladonda says:

      I didn't really make it through this book. More than anything I skimmed it. The customs and traditions it addresses are those from Europe and ones that date so far back in time that most of them are obsolete. Rome, Paris, Germany, and Britain make up the bulk of the countries whose traditions are talked about in this book. As another reviewer mentioned, the language used is rather quaint since the book was originally written in the 19th century. I would think the only people that this book would [...]

    • Kenneth says:

      This is a survey of the history and folklore surrounding Christmas and related holidays, originally published in England in 1912. Part I covers the history of Christmas as a Christian feast day and how that developed. Part II discusses pre-Christian festivals and observances and how a lot of them survived by being given a Christian veneer (feasting, the Yule log, mistletoe etc.) although the overt paganism disappeared. The folklore of several European countries is covered. One value of this book [...]

    • Patrick Allen says:

      A great overview of the history of Christmas. See my complete review at my blog allenpatrick/2009

    • gfguildjr says:

      The title says it all.

    • Said Ramzy says:

      hsh

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