Discovering Christmas Customs and Folklore: A Guide to Seasonal Rites
Including chapters on food, garlands, games, cards, carols, the crib, Boxing Day, New Year and Twelfth Night, this book covers British, European and American customs and folklore during the season of goodwill.'
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The season and its customs
Christmas folklore and superstition
The Christmas feast
Christmas garlands and greenery
Christmas games and amusements
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