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ISBN: 0722537387
Author: John; Matthews Caitlin Matthews
Language: English
Publisher: Thorsons; First edition. edition (1998)
Pages: 247
Category: New Age & Spirituality
Subcategory: Religion
Rating: 4.4
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It explained the traditions and sacred sites we see to this day. It is easy to read and relate to.

It explained the traditions and sacred sites we see to this day.

John Matthews was born in the North of England in 1948. Other books include Arthur and the Grail Quest, Within the Hollow Hills, and The Winter Solstice, which won the Benjamin Franklin Award in 1998. He has been a professional writer since 1980, and has produced over forty books ranging from Celtic and Arthurian legends to collections of stories, essays, and poetry He has given workshops in Britain, Central Europe, and America and is primarily concerned with the interpretation of myth. He is an internationally renowned authority on mythology and folklore with a special interest in the Arthurian and Grail traditions and Celtic lore.

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Matthews, John, 1948-; Matthews, Caitlin, 1952-. Social Science, Manners And Customs, Family, Parenting, Childbirth, Sociology, Activities, Folklore & Mythology - Folklore, Holidays (non religious), Body, Mind & Spirit, New Thought, Customs & Traditions, Winter solstice, Winter, Christmas, Manners and customs, Rites and ceremonies. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Uploaded by Tracey Gutierres on September 17, 2014. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata). Terms of Service (last updated 12/31/2014).

Christmas Customs & Traditions Family Activities Folklore & Mythology . Caitlín Matthews, John Matthews. The Winter Solstice" has the look of an arty, coffee table book but it is definitely worth the read.

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Written by. Caitlin Matthews. Manufacturer: Quest Books (IL) Release date: 1 September 1998 ISBN-10 : 0835607690 ISBN-13: 9780835607698. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york.

John Matthews, with contributions from Caitlín Matthews The Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas Wheaton, I. John Matthews and Caitlín Matthews, the authors, know a lot about timelessness. Theosophical Publishing House/Quest Books, 1998. The Winter Solstice is divided in two, like the day it celebrates, but instead of an even mix of dark and light, this book remains enlightening all the way through. The divide comes from its balance of solid information and creative instruction. John Matthews is a historian, folklorist, and author, whose works in Arthurian myth and Grail legend span three decades.

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Comments:

Sataxe
Any look around in December will tell you that Christmas is not just about the birth of Jesus Christ. As a Christian, I have long known that the celebration of the birth of Jesus was imposed on a much older tradition, Saturnalia, the Calends of January, and so on. This book did not in any way criticize or downplay the traditions I hold sacred and, in fact, it validated them with excellent historical research. It is for the broader background to the holiday and customs that I purchased this book, and I found it packed with information on the historical St. Nicholas, and the conglomeration that has become known as Santa Claus (Old Man Christmas). How do the Winter Solstice, Yule, gifts, evergreens, lights, mummers plays, frivolity, and abundance of feasting come into the picture? This book researches Christmas's earliest pagan customs and traditions. I did enjoy the perspective on the twelve days of Christmas, which emphasizes the festival aspect of this season spanning many days; our commercial society has lost the festival aspect in favor of celebrating a single holiday. At the center of the season, whether you are a pagan, Christian, or otherwise, is the Winter Solstice, the death and rebirth of the sun, and I plan to try some activities suggested in this book to mark that event. We are drawn to the hearth, we admire twinkling lights, and we keep candlelight vigils in celebration of the coming of the sun of light into the world; it's no wonder this season became forever after intertwined with the Christian tradition of the Incarnation, the birth of the Child of Wonder who is the Light of the World.
Nilabor
I've re-read this book every year--at least in part--for the past several years. There's a lot here--mostly European and from Roman times forward, but still including the occasional other times and places, too. Poems, songs, stories, recipes, all within a frame discussing some of the recurring images and figures in winter solstice celebrations in many times and places. Fascinating for any fan of comparative mythology/folklore/cultural history.

A long section on the 12 Days of Christmas highlights traditions associated with each day, but--like other reviewers--I was bemused by the random inclusion of "snow day" as a filler on one of the days without many historical connections. Also, the writer includes suggestions for meditations or modern ways to celebrate the same traditions; easy to focus on those short sections if you're so inclined; easy to skip if you're not.

I've noticed a few minor errors, and I've seen other reviewers point out others. Sources aren't really cited, which is a shame, because I've seen enough of this elsewhere, also in snatches, to long for a scholarly work on the same general topics. Still, a fun read, and a reminder of how generations of people have marked or celebrated the shortest day of the year and the days around it.
Kahavor
Clearly written and mostly objective. A good source book when discussing the pagan holidays usurped by the Roman church in the early years of Christianity.
Phallozs Dwarfs
This is probably the best holiday reference book I have ever seen. Not only are the entries easy to browse and FULL of historically accurate information, but it's also filled with beautiful illustrations taken from cultures around the world. I am amazed by the all-around quality of this book. Usually, you either buy the pretty book or the informative book. This one wins the prize in both categories!
Mojind
This is a great book. I had had a copy previously and had lost it during a move. It's very interesting and informative.
Tygokasa
I purchased this book for a gift for a friend; I had already given her Matthews' Summer Solstice book, and she was very pleased with the pictures, details, historical insights, cultural traditions, etc. I know she will enjoy the winter book, as well. I'm pleased with my purchase.
Eigeni
This beefy book will provide me with a wealth of info each year as I weave a Solstice celebration into my busy holiday schedule. Getting back to my Scandinavian ancestral heritage is important to me as I age, and this book is a thoroughly researched and comprehensive tool for observing this special event.
This book deserves a 5 star rating due to its content. It explained the traditions and sacred sites we see to this day. It is easy to read and relate to. The historical pictures are in full vibrant color and very lovely. I also did a book review with it to a group and it was well received. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history and tradition.
Frances Lord

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