The Big Book of Christmas

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-01
  • Publisher: Laughing Elephant

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The Laughing Elephant's large library of books and ephemera has several foci, one of the principal ones being childhood and its joys. This book presents more than a hundred wonderful images celebrating the various aspects of Christmas. Themes includes: Santa's workshop, Letters to Santa, gift shopping and wrapping, decorating the house and tree, Christmas Eve, carol singing, the nativity and animals at Christmas. Though principally visual, The Laughing Elephant's Book of Christmasincludes poems and quotations celebrating the Yuletide including "The Night Before Christmas," "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and some less well known, but no less wonderful Christmas verse. Poltarnees believes that Christmas, like other celebrations and holidays, is in one sense a complex set of feelings built on our memories and a shared cultural heritage. Few of us in the 21st century United States have seen a flaming Christmas pudding or Yule log in real life, and yet these, and a myriad of other things, are real from what have read and heard of. In The Laughing Elephant's Book of Christmaswe attempt to bring to vivid life through a montage of vintage images and appropriate words the most treasured ideals of Christmases past.


Each of us holds, in our minds and hearts, a different Christmas, for our individual experiences of it are varied, but there is a core essence, and here, in this book we attempt a synthesis that will capture something of that essence. 
As in almost all of our publications, the visual is primary. It is our belief that images help us to find meaning. Artists select moments from the ever-shifting flow of reality and freeze them. We offer 100 such moments - reinforcing them with quotations that hopefully explain, and deepen - our carefully selected series of Christmas images.   . .
We draw our pictures from our library that contains more than 20,000 illustrated books and countless pieces of paper ephemera. Our focus is childhood, and Christmas is supreme in the childish imagination.
The Big Book of Christmas is roughly arranged to show a Christmas as it unfolds in time. We begin with dreams of Christmas and letters to Santa and end with the Nativity. We hope this collection deepens your experience of this most beloved holiday. Merry Christmas! 

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