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Myths and Legends of Christmastide by Bertha F. Herrick offers a wonderful exploration into the folklore, myths, and legends surrounding the beloved holiday season. This book delves deep into the origins and traditions of Christmastide, providing a comprehensive view of how different cultures have celebrated this festive period throughout history.

Herrick's extensive research is evident as she delves into legends from various regions and time periods. Her writing style is engaging and accessible, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the enchanting tales and customs surrounding Christmas. The author skillfully weaves together stories of saints, mythical creatures, and folklore to create a captivating narrative that sheds light on the rich cultural traditions of Christmastide.

One of the standout features of Myths and Legends of Christmastide is Herrick's attention to detail. Each chapter explores a different aspect of Christmas, such as the origins of Santa Claus, the history of the Nativity, and the symbolism behind popular holiday decorations. The author's meticulous research and storytelling prowess ensure that readers gain a comprehensive understanding of the varied traditions associated with this festive season.

Furthermore, the book is accentuated by beautiful illustrations that bring the narratives to life. These visual representations not only enhance the reading experience but also add a touch of enchantment to the book. Each illustration beautifully captures the essence of the respective myths and legends, making them more engaging and memorable.

Herrick's passion for the subject matter shines through in every page, and her enthusiasm is infectious. She strikes a balance between sharing valuable information and evoking a sense of wonder and intrigue. The book serves as an invaluable resource for both history enthusiasts and those interested in the folklore and mythology of Christmas.

While the focus of the book is primarily on Western traditions, the author also includes anecdotes and legends from various parts of the world. This global perspective helps readers understand the universality of the holiday, showcasing how different cultures have their own unique ways of celebrating Christmastide.

In conclusion, Myths and Legends of Christmastide by Bertha F. Herrick is a delightful book that delves into the captivating myths and legends of the holiday season. Herrick's detailed research, engaging writing style, and beautiful illustrations make this book a joy to read. Whether you are seeking to explore the rich folklore and traditions surrounding Christmas or simply looking for a magical read during the festive season, this book is an excellent choice.

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The following article originally appeared in one of the Christmas editions of the San Francisco Chronicle and is now reprinted by permission from that journal.


"Lo! now is come our joyful'st feast, Let every man be jolly. Each room with ivy leaves is drest, And every post with holly. Now all our neighbors' chimneys smoke, And Christmas blocks are burning; Their ovens they with bak't meats choke, And all their spits are turning."

The celebration of Christmas, which was considered by the Puritans to be idolatrous, has for many centuries been so universal that it may prove of interest to contrast the rites, ceremonies and quaint beliefs of foreign lands with those of matter of fact America.

Many curious customs live only in tradition; but it is surprising to find what singular superstitions still exist among credulous classes, even in the light of the twentieth century... Continue reading book >>

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