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A Christmas Cornucopia


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    For something that happens every year of our lives, we really don't know much about Christmas.

    We don't know that the date we celebrate was chosen by a madman, or that Christmas, etymologically speaking, means 'Go away, Christ'. Nor do we know that Christmas was first celebrated in 243 AD on 28 March - and only moved to 25 December in 354 AD. We're oblivious to the fact that the advent calendar was actually invented by a Munich housewife to stop her children pestering her for a Christmas countdown. And we would never have guessed that the invention of crackers was merely a way of popularizing sweet wrappers.

    Luckily, like a gift from Santa himself, Mark Forsyth is here to unwrap this fundamentally funny gallimaufry of traditions and oddities, making it all finally make sense - in his wonderfully entertaining wordy way.

  • Technical Info

    Hardcover: 192 pages
    Publisher: Viking; UK ed. edition (3 Nov. 2016)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0241267730
    ISBN-13: 978-0241267738
    Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.1 x 18.4 cm

  • Author
    Mark Forsyth
    Mark Forsyth is a writer, journalist and blogger. Every job he’s ever had, whether as a ghost-writer or proof-reader or copy-writer, has been to do with words. He started The Inky Fool blog in 2009 and now writes a post almost every day. The blog has received worldwide attention and enjoys an average of 4,000 hits per week.
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