So I'm lazy, and doing my research project on Norse traditions absorbed by European culture as a result of the forced Christian conversion (she made me narrow it down to one culture or it would be a 600 page paper). Any suggestions on some good thorough books on the Christmas tradition origins? I can't just use beliefnet stuff and I only own a few books that actually go into the Christian side of it all. I need more citations - fact based not just collections of stories.
Try Winter Solstice: The Sacred Traditions of Christmas by John Matthews. I haven't read it in a while but I think it has what you are looking for.
Answer by nysa00 at 10:49 AM on Feb. 14, 2009
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Answer by abigail824 at 12:51 PM on Feb. 14, 2009
Check out this website. You might have to dig around a bit, but I'm sure you can find sources for what you need there.
Answer by Anonymous at 2:00 PM on Feb. 15, 2009