Seek out a copy of the book Where Did Christmas Come From? (affiliate link) This little book is long out of print, but I highly recommend it. See if you can find a copy at your library, if you don’t want to purchase a used copy sight unseen.

The author Al Remson gives a beautiful history of all the traditions we associate with Christmas, including:

  • Why we celebrate Christmas day
  • Why it’s celebrated on December 25th
  • What year Jesus was born
  • The star of Bethlehem (one of my favorite chapters)
  • The 12 days of Christmas
  • Santa Claus and all his variations, and how he got the look that he has today
  • Christmas presents
  • Christmas trees
  • Christmas cards
  • Christmas carols and songs
  • and more!

There’s about 30 chapters (each one is about 2 small pages), so sometimes my family and I will read one entry each day in December.

There’s so much interesting history and fun trivia in the book. For example, this book was how I learned that the Santa Claus we see today actually IS the Coca Cola Santa, first drawn in Coca Cola ads in the 1920s! Artists everywhere copied that Santa…and the rest is history…

(Image credit: my own)

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