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A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions

A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions (Hardback)

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The unpredictable origins and etymologies of our cracking Christmas customs 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.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyReference & ResearchEncyclopaedias & reference worksReference worksYearbooks, annuals, almanacsSport & HobbiesHobbies, quizzes & gamesPuzzles & quizzesTrivia & quiz question books Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 03/11/2016 ISBN-13: 9780241267738  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Born in London in 1977, Mark Forsyth (a.k.a The Inky Fool) was given a copy of the Oxford English Dictionary as a christening present and has never looked back. His book The Etymologicon was a Sunday Times Number One Bestseller and his TED Talk 'What's a snollygoster?' has had more than half a million views. He has also written a specially commissioned essay 'The Unknown Unknown' for Independent Booksellers Week and the introduction for the new edition of the Collins English Dictionary. He lives in London with his dictionaries, and blogs at blog.inkyfool.com.

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