The Curious World of Christmas: Celebrating All That Is Weird, Wonderful, and Festive
A book by Niall Edworthy
A fascinating miscellany that celebrates all things Christmas from the author ofThe Curious Gardeners Almanac. Drawing from more than two thousand years of history and culture, this collection of anecdotes, customs, tips, … see full wiki
Nothing new or curious here, just a fairly typical compendium of Christmas facts, certainly festive, sometimes wonderful, seldom weird (although King Henry II's court fool Roland the Farter who was called on to perform his popular "a leap, a whistle, and a fart" routine, was a new fact I'll mix into conversation as much as possible this holiday season) in a tidy little package, with a ribbon bookmark sewn into the binding to tie up the bundle.
In fact, to maintain the compact (nearly pocketable) size, the typefaces are very small and difficult to read, especially when long sections are in small italics, and some farts--er, fonts--are in a light gray color against beige or gray backgrounds, some with line drawings watermarked behind the text. The typographical effect is attractive when flipping through the pages, but makes the book very tiresome on the eyes when actually reading it.
Would make a good bathroom book for reading in short segments. Gift it to the Roland the Farters on your list.
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