Christmas in Atlantic Canada: Stories True and False, Past and Present by David GossChristmas in Atlantic Canada: Stories True and False, Past and Present by David Goss

Christmas in Atlantic Canada: Stories True and False, Past and Present

byDavid Goss

Paperback | November 15, 2018

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Some of the most comforting and enjoyable parts of Christmas are the heartwarming traditions we celebrate year after year. But do you ever wonder where those traditions came from? Who started them, and how did they become so ingrained? From dragging trees indoors to decorate them to bundling up to take in a Santa Claus parade, prolific folklorist David Goss traces the history of the holiday in our region from its earliest celebration—possibly 1604—to modern times.

Using historical records, diaries, and old newspapers, as well as a few fictional short stories, he documents the fascinating narrative of how Christmas in Atlantic Canada has been marked, both religiously and secularly.

Includes 50 images. Features a foreword by Gerry Bowler, author of Santa Claus, A Biography and The World Encyclopedia of Christmas.

David Goss has written over 3,500 articles on New Brunswick topics, and is the author of a dozen books, including Only in New Brunswick, Saint John Curiosities, It Happened in New Brunswick, and West Side Stories. A native of Saint John, Goss has shared the city's folklore and history via his neighbourhood Walks n' Talks programs for a...
Title:Christmas in Atlantic Canada: Stories True and False, Past and PresentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.75 × 0.5 inPublished:November 15, 2018Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771086874

ISBN - 13:9781771086875


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent History of a Beloved Holiday Christmas is my favorite time of year so I was pretty pleased when I found this book at my local BookMark store. David Goss does an excellent job gathering information, tid bits and stories of the past to bring to light what Christmas was like as early the 1800s to as late as 1970s. I especially liked that the author included his own stories of Christmas past. The foreword by Gerry Bowler was also very good and really set the tone for the book. Because I'm from PEI I very much enjoyed reading about Christmases on the island. There were some chapters I enjoyed more than other's and I found it was easier to read a chapter a day so as not to get bogged down in too much information. When I tried to read too much my thoughts drifted or I felt sleepy. I would really recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Christmas or for the history buff, including those who enjoy reading about their own province. I would have liked more real pictures instead of ads or drawings, showing trees or family gatherings.
Date published: 2019-01-12