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Christmas Customs and Traditions: Their History and Significance (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. November 1976

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Reprints the 1912 study of the origins, evolution, and meaning of Christmas rituals and practices of many nations, including caroling, Christmas drama, the manger, the Christmas tree, the Yule log, and the twelve days.

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Did you know that the custom of Christmas card sending only became widespread in the late 1800s? That Christmas carols were first composed in the fourth century? That certain Christmas customs, many still practiced in the early twentieth century, may have derived from that darkest of religious rites, human sacrifice? That beyond Christmas Day, even beyond the twelve days of Christmas, there is a whole season of traditional celebrations with many interconnections.
Based on extensive research, this book is a comprehensive account of Christmas customs and traditions in both their pagan and Christian aspects. Tracing the pagan survivals in holiday practices associated with not just Christmas but also the entire holiday season from All Saints Day to Epiphany, the author illuminates such practices and manifestations as ceremonial feasting and drinking, carol singing, bull-baiting, divination by young women to discover the identities of their future husbands, men masquerading as women and women masquerading as men, the Knecht Ruprecht and the Tomte Gubbe, the "Frauen, " the Yule log, the Christmas tree, Christmas decorations and gifts, special Christmas cakes, and much more. There is also substantial coverage of Christmas poetry and song, Christmas in liturgy and popular devotion, Christmas drama, and the pre-Christian winter festivals.
With its insightful writing and wide scholarship, this book is an important contribution to the understanding of the most popular holiday in the Western world. It will appeal to those of all faiths, and will be enjoyed for browsing as well as for serious study.
Unabridged republication of the original (1912) edition, titled "Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan. "

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Wie interessant einmal zu erfahren, was alles in und hinter unseren vielen Weihnachtsgebräuchen und -riten steckt! Man muss etwas Geduld haben, wenn man dies insgesamt "erlesen" will, doch erfährt man nicht nur viel über anderer Länder Sitten und heidnische Gebräuche, die assimiliert und uminterpretiert wurden, sondern kann einstimmen in mannigfaltige deutsche und englische Poesie, Weihnachtslieder und Dramenverse. Andere Festtage des Christlichen, wie der Martinstag, das unbekanntere Thomas- und Clemensfest, die in die "popular devotion" eingemeindet wurden, lernt man von allen Seiten (christian and pagan) kennen, wozu das "Jesuskindele"(zusammengefasst) dann freundlich sprechen kann:
"Kannst in mein Dienst stehen ein,
Wann dazu wirst gross gnue sein" (S.146)
Ein sehr schönes Buch mit einigen (leider unvollkommen abgedruckten, weil im TB nur schwarzweißen) Illustrationen, ausgezeichnet gelungen "based on extensive research…..FOR ENJOYING….and serious study"!
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This book was originally published in 1912 under the title "Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan".
This Book not only covers Christmas, but Halloween and various Saint's Days.
Mr. Miles does an interesting job of exploring the lore behind Christmas breads and cakes, the Yule log, decorating, and the Christmas Dramas of Europe and the British Isles, earlier this century.
A quaint Northumberland ritual utilizing Holly leaves is presented from page 275 of this work:
"....Nine leaves are taken up and tied with nine knots into a
"handkerchief, and put under the pillow by a person who
"desires prophetic dreams.
"For this purpose smooth leaves (without prickles)
"must be employed...."
The next sentence informs us that "holly is hated by witches"....
A twist on the familiar "Kissing under the Mistletoe" is given on the previous page, and we are informed that after each kiss, the boy removes a berry from the bough, and "when the berries were all picked, the privilege ceased."
You will also find a scattering of black and white reproductions of paintings, a wonderfully etched reproduction of Albreht Durer's "Madonna and Child", as well as a bibliography, notes and an index.
This book is well worth it's modest price.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Well Worth Reading 24. März 1998
Von ashlynn@paganism.com - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This book was originally published in 1912 under the title "Christmas in Ritual and Tradition, Christian and Pagan".
This Book not only covers Christmas, but Halloween and various Saint's Days.
Mr. Miles does an interesting job of exploring the lore behind Christmas breads and cakes, the Yule log, decorating, and the Christmas Dramas of Europe and the British Isles, earlier this century.
A quaint Northumberland ritual utilizing Holly leaves is presented from page 275 of this work:
"....Nine leaves are taken up and tied with nine knots into a
"handkerchief, and put under the pillow by a person who
"desires prophetic dreams.
"For this purpose smooth leaves (without prickles)
"must be employed...."
The next sentence informs us that "holly is hated by witches"....
A twist on the familiar "Kissing under the Mistletoe" is given on the previous page, and we are informed that after each kiss, the boy removes a berry from the bough, and "when the berries were all picked, the privilege ceased."
You will also find a scattering of black and white reproductions of paintings, a wonderfully etched reproduction of Albreht Durer's "Madonna and Child", as well as a bibliography, notes and an index.
This book is well worth it's modest price.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Recommended 2. Oktober 2007
Von Benjamin W. West - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
You certainly won't find any fluff in this book. It is not, as suggested by another reviewer, written in early modern English, but in thoroughly modern English. The prose is a bit stiff and formal, almost academic (which is consistent with its publication date), but entirely readable. There are a few quotes and poems in original languages which are not translated.
These problems aside, for anyone truly interested in the origins of how we celebrate various "festivals" this time of year, this book is indispensable. I actually found the second part of the book, dealing with pagan rituals and festivals, to be the most interesting; it is fascinating to me how these practices, some thousands of years old, have survived to this day in various forms in different parts of the world.
The origins of Christmas are dealt with in a very straightforward, dispassionate way.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AN OLDER, YET STILL EXTREMELY HELPFUL BOOK 24. Dezember 2010
Von Steven H Propp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This book was originally published in 1912. In the Preface, the author states, "In this volume I have tried to show how Christmas is or has been kept in various lands and ages, and to trace as far as possible the origin of the pagan elements that have mingled with the Church's feast of the Nativity... The book has been written primarily for the general reader, but I venture to hope that, with all its imperfections, it may be of some use to the more serious student, as a rough outline map of the field of Christmas customs, and as bringing together materials hitherto scattered through a multitude of volumes in various languages."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"The French Noel ... (is) obviously derived from the Latin natalis, and meaning 'birthday.' One naturally takes this as referring to the Birth of Christ..." (Pg. 22)
"Yule, the ordinary word for Christmas in the Scandinavian languages ... Its derivation has been widely discussed, but so far no satisfactory explanation of it has been found... Whatever its source may be, it is clearly the name of a Germanic season---probably a two-month tide covering the second half of November, the whole of December, and the first half of January." (Pg. 25)
"'(C)arol' had at first a secular or even pagan significance: in twelfth-century France it was used to describe the amorous song-dance which hailed the coming of spring... while by English writers from the thirteenth to the sixteenth century it was used chiefly of singing joined with dancing, and had no necessary connection with religion." (Pg. 47)
"The use of the 'crib' (French 'creche'...) at Christmas is now universally diffused in the Roman Church." (Pg. 105)
"Whatever the limits fixed for the beginning and end of the Christmas festival, its core is always the period between Christmas Eve and the Epiphany---the 'Twelve Days.' A cycle of feasts falls within this time, and the customs peculiar to each day will be created in calendarial order." (Pg. 238-239)
"The most widespread, and to children the most delightful, of all festal institutions is the Christmas-tree. Its picturesqueness and gay charm have made it spread rapidly all over Europe without roots in national tradition, for, as most people know, it is a German creation, and even in Germany it attained its present immense popularity only in the nineteenth century." (Pg. 263)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Prompt service 8. Januar 2014
Von Jeannie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The book was recommended by an individual who performed as the Victorian Lady for a holiday English Tea at our church. It is a fabulous resource for information on the history of holiday traditions of that time period.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Arrived fast 22. Januar 2013
Von Michael Prykowski - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I bought this book bc I was researching the folk history aspect of Christmas. This is an old book, but well endowed with history and lore.
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