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A Righte Merrie Christmasse The Story of Christ-Tide   By: (1834-1911)

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John Ashton's A Righte Merrie Christmasse: The Story of Christ-Tide takes readers on a delightful journey through the history and traditions surrounding the celebration of Christmas. In this engaging and well-researched book, Ashton brings to life the fascinating evolution of Christmas festivities, from their ancient pagan origins to their incorporation into Christian traditions.

Rather than simply offering a chronological account, Ashton organizes the book thematically, exploring topics such as the origins of Christmas carols, the symbolism of decorations like holly and mistletoe, and the origins of Christmas feasts. This structure allows readers to dive deeper into specific aspects of Christmas celebrations and appreciate their historical significance.

One of the most captivating aspects of A Righte Merrie Christmasse is Ashton's ability to uncover little-known facts and anecdotes, transforming the narrative into a treasure trove of interesting trivia. For example, the book reveals that Santa Claus as we know him today is a composite figure derived from various cultural influences, which adds a layer of complexity and charm to the story.

Ashton's writing style is engaging and accessible, making this book suitable for readers of all ages. His extensive research is evident throughout, as he references a wide range of sources to support his claims. From ancient texts and literature to medieval manuscripts and modern scholarly works, Ashton demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter.

Additionally, the book is beautifully illustrated, featuring a collection of historical artwork, photographs, and depictions of Christmas celebrations from various time periods. These visuals enhance the reader's understanding and provide a glimpse into the evolution of Christmas traditions over centuries.

A Righte Merrie Christmasse offers a perfect blend of historical information, entertaining storytelling, and visual appeal. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a lover of Christmas, or simply curious about the origins of holiday customs, this book is certain to captivate and delight. It serves as a valuable resource for scholars while simultaneously being an enjoyable read for anyone interested in the magic and traditions surrounding Christmastime.

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A righte Merrie Christmasse!!!

The Story of Christ tide

By John Ashton. Copperplate Etching of "The Wassail Song," by Arthur C. Behrend.

London: published by the Leadenhall Press, Ltd., 50 Leadenhall Street; Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Ltd. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 153 157 Fifth Avenue.

The Leadenhall Press Ltd. London [1894]

[Transcriber's Notes:

This text contains passages using the Anglo Saxon thorn (Þ or þ, equivalent of "th"), which should display properly in most text viewers. The Anglo Saxon yogh (equivalent of "y," "i," "g," or "gh") will display properly only if the user has the proper font, so to maximize accessibility, the character "3" is used in this e text to represent the yogh.

Characters with a macron are preceded by an equal sign and enclosed in square brackets, e.g., [=a].

Superscripted characters are preceded by a carat and enclosed in curly brackets, e.g., y^{t}.]

[Illustration: The Wassail Song]


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