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on November 19, 2014
This book has quite a few errors in it. He repeats many errors that other books have passed on over the years. So while the concept of the book seems good, it might annoy the serious scholar who likes the things he reads to be true, One whole page I found was false, as I had years ago checked the two stories on that page out myself by researching them at the source personally.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon December 6, 2012
Joey Green is a former contributing editor to National Lampoon, and has also written books such as You Know You've Reached Middle Age If . . .,How They Met: Famous Lovers, Partners, Competitors, and Other Legendary Duos, etc. This 2005 book is subtitled, "A Collection of Curious and Crazy Customs and Coincidences Concerning Christmas," but the title may give a misleading impression of the contents; although it has a lot of "curious" and a few "crazy" bits of information, it's not very often "weird" in the sense of "bizarre"---in fact, it has a lot of very interesting and factual information, along with some humorous opinions.

For example, "If the wise men were so wise, why didn't they realize that their failure to return to Herod might provoke the vicious ruler to order the deaths of innocent children and endanger the baby Jesus, forcing his family to flee to Egypt? Were the wise men really wise, or were they bumbling fools?" (Pg. 17)

He notes, "In A.D. 567, the Council of Tours proclaimed that the twelve days of Christmas span from Christmas Day on December 25 to Epiphany on January 6. The Catholic and Protestant Churches celebrate Epiphany as the day the Wise Men visited the baby Jesus with their gifts. In Eastern Churches, Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus... The Council of Tours may have established the Twelve Days of Christmas as a political compromise to embrace the Eastern Orthodox and the Ukranian Catholic Church, which both celebrate the birth of Jesus on January 6." (Pg. 24)

He states, "Donner and Blitzen, two of the reindeer named in the popular Christmas song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," were originally named Dunder and Blixem in the anonymous poem ['Twas the Night Before Christmas']... In 1844, the poem's real author... changed his original ... to 'Donder and Blitzen.'" (Pg. 48)

He wryly asks about Santa, "The unkempt, long-haired, unshaven Bohemian, dressed in red (to display his communist ideology, perhaps?) enslaves helpless elves in his isolated sweatshop and relegates his wife to the role of a second-class citizen, refusing to allow her even the dignity of a first name. He goes on an annual rampage, breaking into and entering private homes by way of the chimney, stealing cookies, apples, and milk, and then leaving behind toys in a feeble attempt to redistribute wealth..." (Pg. 60)

He records that the 1965 premier of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" was nearly scrapped: "[CBS] objected to the shoddy animation, the slow pace, the religious content... the incongruous choice of a jazz score, the lack of a laugh track, and the use of genuine children as the voiceover talent. [Producer Lee] Mendelson and [cartoonist Charles] Schulz agreed that the animation was second-rate... The production was so rushed that Mendelson wrote the lyrics to the song 'Christmas Time is Here' on an envelope in roughly fifteen minutes." (Pg. 143)

This is an entertaining, and frequently enlightening book, that will be of considerable interest to lovers of the holiday.
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on January 9, 2013
This book has the same information as "Weird and Wonderful Christmas" but it is in hardcover. I prefer giving the hardcover as a gift, but it is difficult to find in a new condition. I think both of these books should get more display at Christmas time than they do.
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on October 5, 2014
book arrived on time and as advertised
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on April 16, 2015
Lots of fun info.
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VINE VOICEon August 5, 2009
My whole family enjoyed this book! It's full of fun and interesting facts about money.
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