|Pages/Publication Date:||144 / 2019|
Did the riotous Roman festival known as Saturnalia inspire the gift-giving tradition of Christmas? Where did Santa Claus come from? And why did the Puritans ban celebrating Jesus's birthday? In this illustrated history, Andy Thomas traces a path from Stonehenge to the Yule Log, uncovering how millennia of winter celebrations became absorbed into Christmas. Thomas also looks at the most common Christmas stories, songs, foods, and decorations, tracing how a motley collection of worldwide traditions became an inseparable part of the year's biggest holiday.