Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review: Let's See Christmas

Let's See Christmas, by Natalie M. Rosinsky, Compass Point Books, Minneapolis, Minn., 2003.

This book is likely geared to the fourth grade reader.  It gives a good description of Christmas and what activities take place for Christmas.  It tells some stories I didn't know, like the Poinsettia coming from Mexico.  We put stockings out because it is said Saint Nicholas threw coins down chimneys which landed in shoes.  We don't know the day of Christ's birth, but the winter was chosen as it was a good time to celebrate.  Nativity's became popular when people didn't read, and the figures were used to tell the story of Jesus' birth.  The gift bringer is different from country to country based on the traditions.  Christmas season can last from early December to mid January.  Carols tell the story of Jesus, and other sing of Santa Claus.  Sending Christmas Cards is a relatively new tradition, catching on in the U.S. after 1875.  Evergreen trees are used as they remind people of spring.    Trees are decorated outdoors (such as the White House lawn) and indoors.


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