In How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, Jeff Guinn combines solid historical fact with glorious legend to deliver another heartwarming holiday book for the whole family.
It's 1620 and Mrs. Claus's dear husband is off in the New World planting the seeds of what will become a glorious Christmas tradition. Meanwhile, Mrs. Claus has chosen to stay in England, where the first signs of a dangerous threat to Yuletide cheer are in evidence. The Puritans have gained control of Parliament and appear determined to take all the fun out of Christmas. But Mrs. Claus knows that it's time for serious action when, in 1647, a law is passed by Parliament that actually punishes anyone who celebrates Christmas. Using as its springboard the actual events of a day in 1647 when ten thousand peasants marched through the streets of Canterbury demanding their right to celebrate a beloved holiday, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas is rich in historical detail, adventure, and plain ol' Christmas fun.
Drawing on an actual historical event (the Canterbury Christmas March of 1647), this follow-up to The Autobiography of Santa Claus once again combines history with legend. Born in the year 377 A.D., Layla stops aging when she marries the magical and mysterious Nicholas. They become the Mr. and Mrs. Claus the world knows and loves. In the early 1600s, Mrs. Claus fights in England to keep the traditions of Christmas despite a Puritan ban. A weightier read than one might expect, this story is both educational and amusing. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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September 14, 2005
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