I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? If so, please feel free to participate as anyone can join. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.
Today’s Shabby Share is:
The Book of Christmas (The Enchanted World)
I started collecting the books in this series early last year and I still have four more to collect. I’ve enjoyed a few while others weren’t favorites. I wanted to review this volume at Christmastime, but didn’t get around to it. I finally finished it last night.
My copy is in excellent condition. When I opened it–it was like it had never been read. The pages are perfect and cover is intact. The only issue is some fading on the spine. This book was published in 1986.
The book opens and ends with the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. I was instantly captivated by the exquisite artwork right away, which has been my reaction on every volume I’ve read in the series thus far.
There are many tales and legends to enjoy with origins from different places like Norway and Scotland to name a few. I especially enjoyed learning about the multiple festivities and holidays celebrated in the winter including Saint Andrew’s Day, Saint Lucia’s Day, Saint Nicholas’ Day, and Brigit’s Day.
“The Nutcracker” is one of my favorite Christmas stories and it’s included with many illustrations.
It was interesting to discover how decorated trees became signs of Christmas and about all the different Christmas spirits leading up to the Santa widely known today.
There are many gift-bringing legends shared including, but not limited to: Befana (an old woman who gave presents to Italian children), Christkndl (an angel that visited German families on Christmas Eve), and The Julnissen (household elves in Norway and Denmark that hide presents on Christmas Eve).
Most of the volumes I’ve read in this series contain some fairly dark artwork and this book includes a few as well. The one you see above is St. Andrew’s Day, which was celebrated on November 30th in Scotland, Central Europe and Greece. Squirrels were hunted in Scotland, while in Rumania, the dead were said to be freed and vampires would haunt the villages.
I loved the song section which includes various Christmas songs, one of my favorites being “Good King Wenceslas”. I’ve shared a video below of this song sang by Loreena McKennitt, one of my favorite singers.
Overall, there’s so much to learn in this book. I have to say that there’s a little bit of everything and it’s a nice all-around collection of legends, myths, songs and folk tales from different parts of the world that anyone can enjoy. I’ll be rating this one 4-stars.
- Series: Enchanted World
- Hardcover: 141 pages
- Publisher: Time Life Education; 1st edition (June 1, 1986)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0809452618
- ISBN-13: 978-0809452613
Other blogs who have participated in Shabby Sunday:
Nicky@ An Introverted Bookworm
Claire@ Brizzle Lass Books
Author Didi Oviatt