|Not my copy of this book|
The Christmas period is divided into several essays, each one focusing on a different aspect of Christmas; beginning with the journey for the celebration, then Christmas Eve, the morning of Christmas Day and Christmas dinner. It's a nice way of breaking things up and while the essays follow on one from another, you could probably just dip in and read the bit that interests you, if you don't want to dedicate time to the whole book.
I found it interesting to see which traditions have continued at Christmas time, perhaps without people really knowing the reason why. There are also some little snippets which I think it would be cool to maybe bring some of them back.
I think the book was really well written. Irving managed to paint pictures with his words so I could easily imagine the scenes that he was describing. I'd love to see an illustrated version of this book because I could imagine it being filled with lavish Victorian pictures.
I'd recommend this book for anyone who is interested in the history of Christmas (or history full stop). It's not a long read, and you can get it for free on the Kindle, so you've really no excuse.
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