Were They Wise Men Or Kings?: The Book of Christmas Questions

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Westminster John Knox Press, 2001 M01 1 - 127 páginas
Christmas is a time of celebration, rich with ritual and detail. In this book of fifty questions about Christmas, Joseph Walsh gives us the details behind such Christmas traditions as the Nativity, Santa Claus, Rudolph, holiday decorations and greenery, Christmas tales, celebrations and rituals, the giving of gifts, and the sending of cards. In this delightfully illustrated book, readers will find answers to the questions they've often asked and some they've never thought of. A perfect book for reading to children, and generating many holiday conversations and memories.
 

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I purchased this for my grandson who is very inquisitive. While much of the information in this book is probably good, it is definitely NOT written from the Christian perspective, and I was extremely ... Leer comentario completo

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Acknowledgments xi
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Santa
2
Who was the original St Nick?
5
Why does Santa Claus wear that peculiar outfit?
7
Where did Rudolph the RedNosed Reindeer come from?
9
Who wrote A Visit from St Nicholas?
10
Why does Santa travel by sleigh and reindeer?
13
Is Santa Claus the true founder of New York City?
15
What is the Magnificat?
64
Celebration
65
Why do we celebrate Jesus birth on December 25?
69
What is the Epiphany?
71
What were the Saturnalia and what do they have to do with Christmas?
73
What does Yule mean?
76
Whats a wassail?
78
Naughty or Nice Christmas 32 Had children better watch out?
83

Who wrote Santas biography?
17
Why does Santa come down the chimney?
19
3t Deck the Halls 9 Where does the Christmas tree come from?
23
Why do holly and ivy appear at Christmas?
25
Why is mistletoe so potent?
27
Whose idea was it to display Christmas Nativity scenes?
29
Why are candles so much a part of Christmas?
31
H The Nativity 14 Where does the traditional Christmas narrative come from?
35
Were they wise men or kings?
38
Have modern astronomers identified the Star of Bethlehem?
40
What are frankincense and myrrh anyway?
42
Who was Herod?
44
When was Jesus born?
46
What do the ox and ass have to do with Jesus birth?
48
The Arts and Senses 21 Why did Charles Dickens write A Christmas Carol?
53
Was Ebenezer Scrooge based on anyone in particular?
56
Where did the idea for the movie Its a Wonderful Life come from?
58
What is the origin of the Christmas carol?
60
What does Bilbo Baggins have to do with Christmas?
62
Has Christmas ever been suppressed in a Christian country?
85
Has childrens anticipation of Christmas ever fomented rebellion?
87
Is Christmas commercialism new?
90
Is Christmas dangerous to your health?
92
How do savvy merchants convince us to spend so much at Christmas?
94
Traditions 38 What are the Twelve Days of Christmas?
99
Whats Victorian about a Victorian Christmas?
101
Why do we give gifts at Christmas?
103
Where does the custom of hanging a stocking come from?
105
Why long ago were children allowed to be Bishop for a Day in the Christmas season?
106
Who invented the Christmas card?
108
Why is Christmas the most important holiday in our professedly secular country?
110
Peace on Earth
117
How did Christmas become a time for charitable giving?
118
Have guns ever been part of Christmas celebration?
120
What do Hanukkah and Christmas have to do with each other?
122
Does Kwanzaa have anything to do with Christmas?
124
Where can I learn more about Christmas?
126
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