Released in the UK July 2019
Released in the US July 2019
Hardback | 128 Pages
9781527103344 • £9.99 $13.99
BISAC – JNF049240
The History of Christmas will take you on a journey from Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, through Roman times and the Middle Ages, into the Reformation and then the Victorian era. You will finally touch down in our modern–day Christmas with all the things that make us think of this wonderful season – decorations, presents, delicious food. But as you take this amazing journey, you will discover the surprising twists and turns that Christmas has taken over the years.
Heather Winslow LeFebvre
Heather LeFebvre teaches art, literature, and history through various workshops and school settings. She also enjoys reading good books, creating art, and making holidays special. She lives on the outskirts of Indianapolis with her husband, who is a Presbyterian minister, and their five children.
Attractive, interesting and informative, this book is sure to liven your conversations this Christmas season. The timeline, activities, and discussion questions make it an excellent tool for homeschooling families. The text is Christ–focused and includes Luke’s narrative of Jesus’s birth and several short lists of suggested Bible readings. While the book is written for families who celebrate Christmas, it helps children to understand and respect the views of Christians who decide not to.
If you like history, you will love this Christmas book by Heather LeFebvre. If you don’t like history, you should still read this one. The author gives a good review of western history by tracing the celebration of Christmas across the centuries, from the days of the Roman Empire to the 1950s in New York City. She does not take the traditional textbook approach to history. Instead she takes the reader into the homes and lives of ordinary people.
Associate Editor, Indianapolis Star
… a wonderful journey through the traditions and ideas that have informed our celebration of Christ’s birth. More than that, it’s a study of people and events over the last 2,000 years that impacted the way we think about Christmas. … an engaging story of the way Christians have chosen to remember the Incarnation, complete with discussions, activities, and recipes for families to consider.
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