Item description for Stories Behind Christmas Boxed Set (3 Bks) by Ace Collins...
Overview Just in time for the holiday season, three of the author's most popular books, all of which explore the origins and meanings of best-loved carols, hymns, songs, and traditions, from the cloisters of fifth-century monks to today, celebrate the magic and wonder of Christmas.
Publishers Description Since angels sang when Jesus was born, music has been as much a part of Christmas as candy canes, Christmas trees, and other beloved traditions of the season. Now you and your family can deepen your celebration of Christ's birth as you learn the stories and spiritual significance of our most cherished holiday songs and traditions.Do you understand the meaning of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen'? Why do we use red and green at Christmas? What are the origins of the Christmas tree? Do you know the unusual history behind 'O Holy Night'?Written by popular music historian and bestselling author Ace Collins, the three books in this beautiful boxed set unlock the origins and meanings of best-loved carols, hymns, and songs. They also explain traditions as familiar yet little understood as mistletoe, ornaments, stockings, and holly. From the cloisters of fifth-century monks, to the frontlines of World War II, to Hollywood sets and Nashville recording studios, Collins takes you on a journey that will warm your heart and enrich your experience of this brightest of holiday seasons.
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Format: Box set
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.25" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310281121 ISBN13 9780310281122
Availability 0 units.
More About Ace Collins
Citing his Arkansas heritage, Christy Award winning author Ace Collins defines himself as a storyteller. In that capacity, Ace has authored more than seventy books for twenty-five different publishers that have sold more than 2.5 million copies. His catalog includes novels, biographies, and children's works as well as books on history, culture, and faith. He has also been the featured speaker at the National Archives Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a network television special, and does college basketball play-by-play. Elk Lake Publishing continues to release new episodes of In The President's Service, a groundbreaking series that first hit the market in 2014. In addition to books, Ace has penned more than 2000 magazine features, appeared on every network morning television show, as well as CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox. He also does scores of radio interviews each year. His speaking engagements have taken him from churches and corporations to America's Dog Museum in St. Louis and the National Archives in Washington, DC. Beyond normal writing circles, Ace has penned several production shows. He also speaks regularly to college classes on the art of writing. Ace's hobbies include sports, restoring classic cars and Wurlitzer jukeboxes, and running. He is the play-by-play voice for Ouachita Tiger basketball. Ace is married to the Chair of the Department of Education at Ouachita Baptist University, Dr. Kathy Collins. The couple lives in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and has two sons.
Ace Collins currently resides in Hillsboro, in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Stories Behind Christmas Boxed Set (3 Bks)?
Books - Stories behind Christmas Jan 31, 2010
This is a very entertaining and informative book for all ages. I purchased it after our pastor referenced it in a sermon during the Christmas season. I have not been disappointed.
Great Holiday Read!! Jan 25, 2009
These are fascinating little books. They are rich with history and insight. Ace's chapter on God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen is worth the price of the set. I finally understand, after 46 years on this earth, the meaning of that carol.
Wonderful Christmas stories Nov 1, 2007
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (10/07)
One of the toughest challenges for me after moving to the South was - and still is - getting in the mood for Christmas. When one grew up with snow on the ground and chestnuts roasting, it just isn't easy to get used to palm trees and temperatures in the 80s when Christmas comes around. That said, the challenge has gotten bigger in the past years and all of a sudden I stopped looking forward to the holidays. Nothing seemed right any longer, until I discovered the wonderful boxed set of "Stories Behind Christmas," written by Ace Collins.
The set consists of three wonderful collections of stories, two of which deal with the songs of Christmas and one which deals with the traditions of Christmas. Written in a fluid, easy to follow style, the stories touch on 26 traditions and a total of 62 songs, connected to Christmas. The attention to detail, as well as the obviously huge amount of research that went into them, make for pleasant, uplifting reading. With selections as diverse as Silent Night, Ave Maria, Auld Lang Syne, The Little Drummer Boy, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, White Christmas and more you'll be able to find many of your favorites and learn a lot of surprising facts about them. The majority of the chapters also include the words of the songs, and if you are anything like me, they will be a useful tool to finally decipher some of the more difficult lines.
While I found both Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas and More Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas utterly delightful and charming, it was the Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas that stole my heart. Ace Collins managed to include all of my favorites, from holly and mistletoe to nativity scenes and Nutcracker ballet, and definitely not forgetting candy canes, ornaments, stockings, gifts and lights. Any and every question about the symbols and traditions of Christmas that you've ever had - and maybe didn't even realize you had it - is answered in this book. Reading the wonderful vignettes behind each of them put me in the Christmas mood early this year and I have no doubt the spirit will stay around.
This set would make a wonderful Christmas gift, especially for people with children or anybody with a curious mind. Those books are appropriate for most any age and should find their way to the bookshelves of all who celebrate Christmas. And if you are one of those, who - like me - misses a White Christmas, read a couple of stories in "Stories Behind Christmas" and I bet you will see a million tiny crystals sparkling all around you.