Christmas Book

By Patrick Harding

Christmas Book Look inside
  • ISBN: 9781843586722
  • Publication Date: 11 Oct 2012
  • Preorder: Yes
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
  • Imprint: Metro Books, London

Availability: Preorder only




During the long, cold December weeks leading up to Christmas, as we spend our time frantically panicking about the financial side of the festive season, it's all too easy to forget the traditional nativity story. The real meaning of Christmas and the traditions that have existed for generations are shunted aside as we worry about how many shopping days we have left and how we're going to fit that monster turkey into the oven. In this charming book, Patrick Harding breathes new life into the traditional Christmas, unravelling myths and mysteries surrounding our favourite time of year. The Christmas Book is a treasure chest of fascinating facts and tasty morsels, all in one delightful and handy volume. From setting the record straight about Jesus' birth, to explaining what a genuine Yule log is, to tracking the evolution of the Christmas card, there's something in here to entertain everyone, young and old alike.

About the author

After gaining his doctorate by growing grass on coal tips, Patrick Harding enjoyed over 25 years as a university lecturer. He now enlightens adults about herbal medicine, wild and garden flowers, mushrooms, trees and, of course, Christmas. An author of various popular botanical books, he has explored Christmas customs on television, radio and in the press. He is married to Jean Binney, a botanical artist, and they have two children, Martin and Bryony - who know that Patrick's beard is real! Patrick and his family live in Sheffield in a house with two chimneys.

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