The Christmas Encyclopedia, 3d ed.

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About the Book

This considerably expanded third edition of The Christmas Encyclopedia (2001) adds 281 new entries, bringing the total number of Christmas topics to more than 760. Continuing in the format of the previous editions, a wide variety of subjects are included: individual carols and songs; historical events at Christmastime; popular Christmas symbols; Christmas plants, place names, and stamps; and celebrations in countries around the world, including the origins of some of the most cherished traditions in the United States. Unique to this work is its emphasis on Christmas as depicted in the popular media, with entries covering literary works such as Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Silver Bells, classic television series such as Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie, motion pictures such as Arthur Christmas and Santa Clause 3, and television specials expressing holiday themes.

About the Author(s)

William D. Crump is a retired physician. He lives in Madison, Tennessee.

Bibliographic Details

William D. Crump
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 540
Bibliographic Info: 140 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6827-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0573-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

The Encyclopedia 5

References 465

Index 477

Book Reviews & Awards

“a substantial expansion in coverage from previous editions…entries are fact-filled and loaded with interesting details…jam-packed with fascinating and fun information about Christmas”—Against the Grain; “engaging…readers can find engaging examples and fun Christmas trivia throughout. The focus on popular culture really makes Crump’s volume distinctive and particularly helpful”—Journal of American Culture; Reviews of previous editions: “valuable…a wealth of information…many interesting historical illustrations…would be an asset to any collection”—Booklist; “a detailed index…highly recommended”—Library Journal; “entries are readable and informative…recommended”—Reference Reviews; “massive index”—Choice; “a charming book to browse…should offer up a great deal of enjoyment to those who use it”—ARBA; “a true encyclopedia of Christmas…recommended”—Catholic Library World.