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Stories Behind The Great Traditions Of Christmas [Hardcover]

By Ace Collins (Author)
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Examines the people, places, events, stories, and legends that have shaped Christmas traditions in celebration of the birth of Christ.

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The cheer of a crackling hearth fire. Colorful cards from friends and loved ones. An evergreen tree festooned with ornaments.The golden traditions of Christmas---gifts, wreaths, stockings, carols, mistletoe, and more---infuse our celebration of the season with meaning and glowing memories. And, in ways you may not realize, they point us to the birth of Christ.Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas reveals the people, places, and events that shaped the best-loved customs of this merriest of holidays. Here are spiritual insights, true-life tales, and captivating legends to intrigue you and your family and bring new luster and depth to your celebration of Jesus' birth. Discover how* after eighteen centuries of all but ignoring the event, churches began to open the door for believers to commemorate Jesus' incarnation.* the evergreen tree, once a central theme in the worship practices of pagan cultures, came to represent the everlasting love of God.* the magi's three gifts---gold, frankincense, and myrrh---are filled with spiritual symbolism.The traditions of Christmas lend beauty, awe, and hope to the holiday, causing people all over the world to anticipate it with joy. The stories in this book will warm your heart as you rediscover the true and eternal significance of Christmas.

From Publishers Weekly
Collins serves up some little-known holiday history in this interesting book that teems with Christmas facts and legends, arranged alphabetically by topic. Readers will be fascinated to learn, for example, that the holiday shopping season used to be only a couple of weeks long, but was extended during WWII so families could get care packages off to soldiers in a timely fashion. Or that St. Francis of Assisi was one of the first people to use a live nativity scene to teach others about Christ's birth. Collins tackles customs such as Christmas gifts and cards, and the popularity of cultural events like the Nutcracker and the Messiah (which, intriguingly, fell entirely out of fashion in the decades after Handel's death). There are chapters on the history of holly, mistletoe, Christmas trees, candy canes, poinsettias, yule logs, stockings and-of course - Santa Claus. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Stories Behind The Great Traditions Of Christmas by Ace Collins has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 09/22/2003 page 77

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310248809  
ISBN13  9780310248804  
UPC  025986248802  

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More About Ace Collins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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.

Ace Collins has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Lije Evans Mysteries

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1Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Anthropology > Anthropology
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > General
3Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Christian Living > General
4Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas > General
5Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > Christmas
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Holidays > General

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Reviews - What do customers think about Stories Behind The Great Traditions Of Christmas?

Does this author actually research his subjects?  Dec 29, 2005
How does Ace Collins manage to slap together a bunch of fairytales and call it history? His book on Christmas carols has a totally fictitious account of the history of "Silent Night" and this Christmas book has a completely fabricated version of the Nativity scene set up by St. Francis of Assisi. Collins wonders if the figures in Francis' Nativity were clay or carved wood. Collins supposes that Francis had figures of shepherds but probably skipped having any animals.

What?!?!?!? According to the two biographers of St. Francis (St. Bonaventure and Thomas of Celano) there were no clay or wooden figures of Mary and Joseph. There were neither shepherds nor kings in the Nativity at Greccio, Italy in 1223. There was a feeding trough (manger), a live ox, and a live ass. According to Thomas, it was beautiful in its simplicity with the manger acting as the altar for the Christmas Mass.

It's time for Ace Collins to do some real research and rewrite his Christmas books instead of foisting fairytales on an unsuspecting public.
Good for adult Sunday School!  Dec 3, 2005
As a Christian for 10 years, I realized this year how little I knew about Christmas traditions. When I found this book, I thought it was good enough to use as the basis for an adult (as opposed to children) Sunday School class. Feedback has been very enthusiastic! The book is well written, and an easy and interesting read. Each chapter covers a different Christmas tradition. Chapters are typically 5-7 pages. I highly recommend this book.
Perfect for lovers of history and the Christmas season  Jan 9, 2005
In this book, author Ace Collins traces the history behind various popular Christmas traditions, from caroling and ornaments to mistletoe and yule logs. Collins provides various theories on the origins of each tradition, some of which date back to even before Christ's birth. He also does a nice job of explaining the rise in popularity of each activity as it moved into the mainstream of Christmas celebrations. Finally, the book carries a strong Christian message, as Collins talks about connecting each modern tradition back to its original roots in commemorating Christ's birth. This is a perfect little book to teach children about the history behind Christmas or for adults looking to find greater meaning in this much-commercialized holiday.
Interesting  Dec 10, 2004
I had great fun using this with my children's church class last year. I found items representing Christmas, and was able to tell them the story behind our traditions. Wonderful book.
GREAT!!  Jan 3, 2004
As a history buff, I fully enjoyed learning new things about the history of Christmas traditions. I found it interesting that Christmas trees were first hung upside down. Ace has written another wonderful book. I have enjoyed reading many of his other treats and he has lived up to his reputation with this one!!

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