25 Reads of Xmas #18

Every day in December leading up to Christmas we’ll be reading a book to enjoy the season. Join us as we enjoy seasonal reads that are perfect to celebrate the holidays!

Academics and curious readers alike will enjoy this week’s fascinating nonfiction read.

If you’re a fan of church history, Christmas past, or just little nuggets of music knowledge, this is the book for you. Ever wondered what wassail is from the song Here We Come a-Wassailing? And why do we sing an ode to the Christmas tree, with all of its glorious green branches, colorful lights, and urging folks to remember the spirit of the season? The stories behind these and other classic holiday songs are explored in detail. From their roots in ancient Christian history to their more popularized status in modern-day culture, this is the exploration of Christmas songs you’ve been waiting for.

Andrew Gant crafts one of the most interesting nonfiction holiday reads I’ve been privileged to pick up in a while. The Carols o f Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories is a treasure, especially for those with an interest in learning a little more this holiday season or just are struggling to find the perfect gift for the music-lover in their life. I highly recommend you pick this read at least once.

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