Christmas A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes

Review :

Fun book that gives a wonderful overview of the history of Christmas over the years, various other celebrations that influenced it and how the date itself is likely to have been chosen. Forbes does a great job of giving a thorough history without becoming dry or running on for 500 pages. He briefly goes through each contributing factor and culture to the celebration of Christmas, notes areas still under debate or in which scholars are uncertain and provides books for additional reading on various topics in case the reader wants to go deeper. I found myself underlining a great deal of the chapters as new information and learned a lot without feeling like I was reading a textbook. Great read for anyone interested in the roots of Christmas and how it has evolved over the years!


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