Today we celebrate Christmas by exercising many traditions that, if you stand back and look, are really quite weird. Why do we give gifts? Why do they come from a magical man in a red suit and white beard? Why do we kiss under mistletoe and place a wreath on our door? Why hang stockings by the fire? All of these weird customs can be traced back to religions and cultures and today on Book Talk we identify three works of history that can explain the history of Christmas.
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