New Arrivals · Holiday Materials

October 11, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Halloween : the history of America's darkest holiday

October 10, 2016
Skal, David J.
Mineola, New York : Dover Publications, Inc., [2016]
xi, 244 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"A slightly revised republication of Death makes a holiday : a cultural history of Halloween, originally published in 2002 by Bloomsbury, New York"--Title page verso.
"Cultural critic David J. Skal takes an in-depth look at one of America's most perplexingly popular holidays in this original mix of personal anecdotes and social analysis. Skal examines the tradition's dark Celtic history and traces its evolution in the course of a few generations from a quaint, small-scale celebration to a mammoth marketing event"-- Provided by publisher.

Holiday symbols and customs.

April 27, 2016
Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics,
v. ; 24 cm.
"A guide to the legend and lore behind the traditions, rituals, foods, games, animals, and other symbols associated with holidays and holy days, feasts and fasts, and other celebrations, covering calendar, ethnic, religious, historic, cultural, national, promotional, sporting, and ancient events, as observed in the United States and around the world."

Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary.

April 5, 2016
Detroit, MI : Omnigraphics,
v. ; 29 cm.
"A compendious reference guide to popular, ethnic, religious, national, and ancient holidays, festivals, celebrations, commemorations, holy days, feasts, and fasts; supplemented by a special section on calendar systems, tables of state and national public holidays, special indexes of chronological, cultural and ethnic, geographic, historical, religious, and sports holidays, and a general and key-word index" (varies).

The Christmas virtues : a treasury of conservative tales for the holidays

December 22, 2015
West Conshohocken, PA : Templeton Press, [2015]
xiii, 203 pages ; 23 cm

Celebrate Christmas around the world

December 10, 2015
Stevens, Beth Dvergsten.
Huntington Beach, CA : Teacher Created Materials, Inc., ©1994.
144 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Background information and activities from over 20 countries.


December 1, 2015
Mack, 1960- author, illustrator.
New York : Clavis Publishing, 2015
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
"Balloons, festoons, lights, cake and songs! This is how we celebrate. There is always a reason to celebrate: the beginning of spring, a birthday, Christmas. But not everyone celebrates the same things at the same time. Did you know that a wedding lasts a few days in India? And that Chinese people don’t celebrate New Year the 1st of January but on another day? In this cheerful book of celebrations you find out more about the fun habits of people around the world."--Provided by publisher.

Christmas in Spain and its capital, Madrid.

November 23, 2015
Chicago, IL : World Book, 2009.
80 pages : color illustrations, color map, music ; 29 cm.
"Customs and traditions of the Christmas holidays as celebrated in Spain and its capital, Madrid. Includes crafts, recipes, and carols"--Provided by publisher.

Christmas in Holland.

November 23, 2015
Chicago : World Book, ©2011.
80 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Sinterklaas parade -- Saint Nicholas Eve -- Signs of Christmas -- Two Christmas days -- Twelve days of Christmas -- Christmas theme in Dutch art -- Dutch recipes -- Dutch crafts -- Dutch carols.
"Customs and traditions of the Christmas holidays as celebrated in Holland and other provinces of the Netherlands. Includes crafts, recipes, and carols"--Provided by publisher.

Christmas on the Emerald Isle.

November 23, 2015
Chicago : World Book, c2011.
80 p. : col. ill., col. map ; 29 cm.
The colors of Christmas -- Bringing home the Christmas -- On Christmas Eve -- A Savior is born -- Sing Holly, Sing Ivy -- The Twelve Days of Christmas -- The Wee Christmas Cabin of Carn-na-ween -- Irish crafts -- Irish recipes -- Irish carols -- Acknowledgments.
"Customs and traditions of the Christmas holidays as celebrated in Ireland. Includes crafts, recipes, and carols"--Provided by publisher.

Letters to Santa Claus : the elves

November 18, 2015
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2015]
203 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm

Chicken soup for the soul: Merry Christmas! : 101 joyous holiday stories

October 28, 2015
xv, 363 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
This collection of 101 heartwarming and entertaining stories of holiday traditions, family, and goodwill will spread the wonder and joy of the holiday season. A great way to start the season.

Yule : rituals, recipes, & lore for the winter solstice

October 15, 2015
Pesznecker, Susan Moonwriter, author.
227 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Old ways -- New ways -- Spells and divination -- Recipes and crafts -- Invocations and meditations -- Rituals and celebrations -- Yule correspondences.

The Santa Claus man : the rise and fall of a Jazz Age con man and the invention of Christmas in New York

October 8, 2015
Palmer, Alex.
xiii,306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The Adventurers' Club -- Appointed rounds -- "To all a good night" -- The most photographed man in the world -- "Enemy, death, and a Christmas tree" -- Cathedrals of commerce -- Child wonderland -- Doors to deception -- Naughty list -- German intrigue -- Poor boy gets nothing -- "Santa Claus as a business man and advertiser" -- Order out of chaos -- Spectacle on 34th Street -- Dead letters -- Epilogue: Operation Santa Claus.

Bulls before breakfast : running with the bulls and celebrating fiesta de San Fermin in Pamplona, Spain

June 30, 2015
Milligan, Peter N.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
xvii, 298 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Brazos en Jarra (our Pamplona family) -- Breakfast After Bulls (a perfect day) -- The Running of the Bulls (this is what it is) -- Burnin' Daylight (getting ready for Pamplona) -- Etxea (history of the San Fermín Fiesta) -- Charlie Don't Surf (philosophy of running) -- (Cobblestoned) Street of Dreams (a daily plan) -- The Other 23 Hours and 57 Minutes (what do we do all day) -- A Side Trip into My Blue Heaven (leaving the fiesta behind sometimes) -- The Feria del Toro (the bullfight) -- Dining Like a King (dining in the Basque country) -- A King's Coffee (A separate chapter? Yes, it's that important) -- -- AS-204/Apollo 1 (surviving a serious injury) -- From Here On In It's Frank Sinatra (why we return) -- Let's Agree on Some Terms.
Ever since Ernest Hemingway popularized the fiesta de San Fermín with the publication of The Sun Also Rises in 1926, the world has been enthralled with the concept of running with the bulls. For millions, running with the bulls remains on their bucket list, and for Hemingway fans it is a lifelong dream. For Peter N. Milligan, it is a way of life. Part memoir and part travel guide, Bulls Before Breakfast recounts Milligan's many adventures in Pamplona, Spain. In his dozen years of visiting the fiesta de San Fermín, Milligan has run with the bulls over 70 times and accumulated stories both thrilling and terrifying. Bulls Before Breakfast is the definitive guide to Pamplona, its famed fiesta, and the surrounding Kingdom of Navarra. It is also a memoir of two brothers running with the bulls and exploring every corner of the city, the countryside, the mountains, the beaches, and the famed restaurants of the Basque hinterland. The book focuses on local knowledge, and the hidden mysteries of this closed, private culture and community. Milligan has slowly pried open this trove of secrets over the past twelve years, all while refining the art of getting between the horns of a massive, perfect Spanish killing machine, el toro bravo, and running for his life.

Halloween jack-o'-lanterns

June 16, 2015
Stevens, Kathryn, 1954- author.
Mankato, MN : The Child's World, [2015]
24 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm.

Charley Harper's A partridge in a pear tree.

April 6, 2015
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 14 x 19 cm
"Never before published, A Partridge in a Pear Tree wasn't intended as a commercial venture. Artist Charley Harper--perhaps with his wife, Edie, also an artist--created the fun little book for his family. A playful riff on the traditional Yuletide carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Partridge is the kind of whimsy an artist dashes off while relaxing around the fireplace--and that's the beauty of it. With its pastel sketches and humorous text, this sweet take on a holiday classic provides an intimate look at Harper's fun-loving personality."--Publisher's description.

The origins of Christmas

March 16, 2015
Kelly, Joseph F. (Joseph Francis), 1945-
Collegeville, Minnesota : Liturgical Press, 2014.
xv, 167 pages ; 21 cm
The birth of Jesus -- Creating the Christmas story -- Creating Christmas day and the Christmas season -- Jesus, Mary, the magi, and an obscure Asian bishop -- The popular acceptance of Christmas.
When was Christmas first celebrated? How did December 25 become the date for the feast? How did the Bible's "magi from the East" become three kings named Melchior, Caspar, and Balthasar who rode camels from three different continents to worship the newborn Christ? How did the Feast of the Nativity generate an entire liturgical season from Advent to Candlemas? Why did medieval and Renaissance artists portray Joseph as an old man? When did the first Christmas music appear? And who was the real Saint Nicholas? These and many other questions are answered in this revised and expanded edition of The Origins of Christmas. The story of the origins of Christmas is not well known, but it is a fascinating tale. It begins when the first Christians had little interest in Christ's Nativity, and it finishes when Christmas had become an integral part of Christian life and Western culture.

The old magic of Christmas : yuletide traditions for the darkest days of the year

January 28, 2015
Raedisch, Linda, 1968-
Woodbury : Llewellyn Publications, 2014.
xi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A thousand years of winter -- At home with the elves -- Dead by Christmas morning -- Riders on white horses -- Creatures of forest and mountain -- The Scandinavian household sprite -- Reindeer games -- A Christmas bestiary -- Winter's bride -- There are witches in the air -- Dark spirits of hearth and home -- A Christmas witch's herbal.
"Not so very long ago, Yuletide was as much a chilling season of ghosts and witches as it was a festival of goodwill. In The Old Magic of Christmas, you'll rub elbows with veiled spirits, learn the true perils of elves, and discover a bestiary of enchanted creatures. Rife with the more frightful characters from folklore and the season's most petulant ghosts, this book takes you on a spooky sleigh ride from the silvered firs of a winter forest to the mirrored halls of the Snow Queen. Along the way, you'll discover how to bring the festivities into your home with cookie recipes and craft instructions, as well as tips for delving more deeply into your relationship with the unseen"--Page 4 of cover.

Santa Claus is for real : a true Christmas fable about the magic of believing

December 8, 2014
Hall, Charles Edward.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
xi, 194 pages ; 19 cm
"A heartwarming true-life fable from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Santa--including his personal journey of discovering the magic of Christmas"-- Provided by publisher.

12 days of Christmas with Six Sisters' Stuff : 144 Ideas for traditions, homemade gifts, recipes, and more.

November 20, 2014
vi, 150 pages : colored illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Compilation of more than 144 Christmas recipes, traditions, and craft ideas that celebrate family and the holiday.


November 13, 2014
Dash, Meredith.
24 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm

The 13th gift : a true story of a Christmas miracle

October 23, 2014
Smith, Joanne Huist.
New York : Harmony Books, 2014.
204 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"For readers of Richard Paul Evans and Greg Kincaid comes The 13th Gift, a heartwarming Christmas story about how a random act of kindness transformed one of the bleakest moments in a family's history into a time of strength and love. After the unexpected death of her husband, Joanne Huist Smith had no idea how she would keep herself together and be strong for her three children--especially with the holiday season approaching. But 12 days before Christmas, presents begin appearing on her doorstep with notes from their "True Friends." As the Smiths came together to solve the mystery of who the gifts were from, they began to thaw out from their grief and come together again as a family. This true story about the power of random acts of kindness will warm the heart, a beautiful reminder of the miracles of Christmas and the gift of family during the holiday season"-- Provided by publisher.

Christmas all through the South

October 9, 2014
New York, NY : Oxmoor House : Time Home Entertainment, Inc., [2014]
399 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes recipe and subject indexes.
Joyful anticipation -- Delightful destinations -- Heartfelt gatherings -- Sparkling celebrations -- Festive recipes.
"The quintessential Southern Christmas experience comes to life on the pages of Christmas All Through the South with delicious recipes, fascinating destinations, elegant decorations, and gracious hospitality. Stunning images and an enchanting narrative bring the beauty and the flavor of the season together."--Jacket flap.

Everything I need to know about Christmas I learned from a little Golden Book

September 8, 2014
Muldrow, Diane, author.
New York : A Golden Book, 2014.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm

The Fourth of July encyclopedia

August 11, 2014
Heintze, James R., author.
vi, 354 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Reprint of the illustated case bound edition first published in 2007.
"This is the first comprehensive reference work on America's Independence Day. Bringing attention to persons, places, and events of historical significance, the book focuses on the Fourth of July as it has been commemorated over the span of more than two centuries, starting with the first celebrations: public readings of the Declaration of Independence"--Provided by publisher.

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