Monday, December 12, 2016

Mabie. The Book of Christmas

Today's free book is The Book of Christmas by Hamilton Wright Mabie, with illustrations by George Wharton Edwards. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books. The links below are to the Internet Archive edition.


INTRODUCTION

SIGNS OF THE SEASON
"The Time draws near the Birth of Christ"
An Hue and Cry after Christmas
The Doge's Christmas Shooting
Thursday Processions in Advent
The Glastonbury Thorn
In the Kitchen  
Christmas in England
Christmas Invitation
A Christmas Market
The Star of Bethlehem in Holland
The Pickwick Club goes down to Dingley Dell
A Visit from St. Nicholas
Crowded Out

HOLIDAY SAINTS AND LORDS
My Lord of Misrule
St. Nicholas  
An Old Saint in a New World
St. Thomas
Kriss Kringle
II Santissimo Bambino
The Christ Child
The April Baby is Thankful
Good King Wenceslas
Jean Valjean plays the Christmas Saint
St. Brandan
St. Stephen's, or Boxing Day
St. Basil in Trikkola

CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS AND BELIEFS
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ
Folk lore of Christmas Tide
Hunting the Wren
The Presepio
Hodening in Kent
Origin of the Christmas Tree
Origin of the Christmas Card
The Yule Clog
"Come bring with a Noise"
Shoe or Stocking
Jule-Nissen
"Lame Needles" in Euboea
Who Rides behind the Bells?
Guests at Yule

CHRISTMAS CAROLS
"I saw Three Ships"
"Lordings, listen to Our Lay"
The Cherry-Tree Carol
"In Excelsis Gloria"
"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"
The Golden Carol
Caput apri refero resonens laudes domino
"Villagers All, this Frosty Tide"
Holly Song
"Before the Paling of the Stars"
The Minstrels played their Christmas Tune
A Carol from the Old French
"From Far Away we come to you"
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol for Children

CHRISTMAS DAY
The Unbroken Song
A Scene of Mediaeval Christmas
Christmas in Dreamthorp
By the Christmas Fire
Ode on the Morning of Christ's Nativity
Christmas Church
Dolly urges Silas Marner to go to Church
Yule in the Old Town
The Mahogany Tree
The Holly and the Ivy
Ballade of Christmas Ghosts
Christmas Treasures
Wassailer's Song

CHRISTMAS HYMNS
A Hymn on the Nativity
While Shepherds Watched
O, Little Town of Bethlehem
The First, Best Christmas Night
It Came upon the Midnight Clear
A Christmas Hymn
The Song of the Shepherds
A Christmas Hymn
A Christmas Hymn for Children
Slumber-Songs of the Madonna

CHRISTMAS REVELS
"Make me Merry both More and Less"
The Feast of Saint Stephen in Venice
The Feast of Fools
The Feast of the Ass
The Revel of Sir Hugnonin de Guisay
Revels of the Inns of Court
King Witlaf's Drinking Horn
Old Christmastide
Christmas Games in "Old Wardle's" Kitchen
A "Mystery" as performed in Mexico

WHEN ALL THE WORLD IS KIN
Christmas Night of'62
Merry Christmas in the Tenements
Christmas at Sea The First Christmas Tree in the Legation Compound, Tokyo
Christmas in India
Belgian Christmas Eve Procession
Christmas at the Cape
The "Good Night " in Spain
Christmas in Rome
Christmas in Burgundy
Christmas in Germany
Christmas Dinner in a Clipper's Fo'c'sle
Christmas in Jail
Colonel Carter's Christmas Tree

CHRISTMAS STORIES
Christmas Roses
The Fir Tree
The Christmas Banquet
A Christmas Eve in Exile
The Rehearsal of the Mummers' Play

NEW YEAR
New Year
Midnight Mass for the Dying Year
The Death of the Old Year
A New Year's Carol
New Year's Resolutions
Love and Joy come to You
Ring Out, Wild Bells
New Year's Eve, 1850
Rejoicings upon the New Year's Coming of Age
New Year's Rites in the Highlands
The Chinese New Year
New Year's Gifts in Thessaly
"Smashing" in the New Year
New Year Calls in Old New York
Sylvester Abend in Davos

TWELFTH NIGHT —
"Now have Good Day!"
A Twelfth Night Superstition
Twelfth-Day Table Diversion
The Blessing of the Waters
La Galette du Roi
Drawing King and Queen
St. Distaff's Day and Plough Monday

THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
"As Little Children in a Darkened Hall"
Christmas Dreams
The Professor's Christmas Sermon
Awaiting the King
Elizabeth's Christmas Sermon
Nichola's " Reason Why"
The Changing Spirit of Christmastide
A Prayer for Christmas Peace
Under the Holly Bough
Christmas Music
A Christmas Sermon

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