Christmas (Hardcover)

A short history from solstice to santa

By Andy Thomas

Ivy Press, 9781782407805, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019

List Price: 14.99*
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Description

In an intriguing and entertaining journey, this book uncovers the fascinating background to one of the biggest festive seasons. From the ancient ceremonies celebrating Midwinter to festivals of Sol Invictus, and from Constantine’s establishment of a Christian festival to medieval ‘misrule’, the time around the solstice has long been an opportunity for people to come together and rejoice. These festive traditions have developed in many directions around the world. This book tells the fuller story behind the sparkle and the merriment, and shows why, despite all the modern commercialism, Christmas has survived and still has meaning for us today.


About the Author

Andy Thomas is one of the UK’s most experienced lecturers and authors on folklore, histories and unexplained mysteries. He has made numerous appearances on radio and TV, including BBC One’s The One Show. He is renowned for his thought-provoking and entertaining books and lectures, and speaks prolifically to all kinds of audiences across Britain and around the world.