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Christmas Days

by Derek McCormack

Other authors: Seth (Illustrator)

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A book designed as an advent calendar of sorts, with short chapters, a topic for each day of December until Christmas. Full of interesting facts and history, but in the end sadly trivial: it seems all the talk about trees, fake snow and reindeer is missing the point about Christmas. And another thing. He's too terse. Writes short short sentences. Lots of them. Sentence fragments galore. Eventually, annoying.

This would be a great December read-aloud for a public-school teacher (there's no religion involved); and for personal reading, if one didn't read more than one chapter per day, the writing style might not pall so fast. ( )
  muumi | Oct 2, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0887841937, Hardcover)

What do the doors of Advent calendars conceal? Chocolates, sometimes, or toys. Sometimes there are illustrations of chocolates and toys. And holly. And snow. Things that make Christmas Christmas.
Derek McCormack's Christmas Days is an Advent calendar in words and images. The chapters are doors, each wittily illustrated by Seth, and each offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of something quintessentially Christmassy. Wrapping paper, toy stockings, tree stands. When did they become part of Christmas? Where were they made? Who made them?
A blend of history and reportage, Christmas Days includes a cast of incredible characters and a sampling of festive holiday treats from the past and present.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:33 -0400)

What do the doors of Advent calendars conceal? Chocolates, sometimes, or toys. Sometimes there are illustrations of chocolates and toys. And holly. And snow. Things that make Christmas Christmas in Canada. Embark on a new Yuletide tradition with this Advent calendar in words and images, wonderfully illustrated by Seth, and with sharp prose by Derek McCormack that captures the Canadian Christmas.… (more)

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