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Holiday Collections - Virtual Book Display: Christmas

Explore different holiday traditions or find a fun holiday-related book, ebook, or film with our virtual book display.

Christmas Ornaments

The History of Christmas

About Christmas

History of Christmas - Origins, Facts, and Traditions - 

Provides details of how "Christmas, a Christian holiday honoring the birth of Jesus, has evolved into a worldwide religious and secular celebration, incorporating many pre-Christian and pagan traditions into the festivities."

5 facts about Christmas in America - Pew Research 

Offers interesting statistical data about Christmas in America and how people celebrate it.

Today in History: December 25 - Library of Congress

Today in History is a Library of Congress presentation of historic events illuminated by items from the Library’s Digital Collections



The Great American Christmas Book
The Man Who Invented Christmas
Nothing with Strings
A Christmas Return
The Bridge
Yours, Mine, and Ours
I'm Dreaming of a Black Christmas
Wishin' and Hopin'
Plum Pudding Murder
The Solemn Lantern Maker
A Christmas Blizzard
A Week in December
A Rumpole Christmas
Immoveable Feast
Holidays on Ice
The Ecco Book of Christmas Stories
A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Books


Kentucky's Twelve Days of Christmas
American Christmas Stories
Christmas, Ideology and Popular Culture
Encyclopedia of Christmas
Christmas Poems
Christmas: A Candid History
The Christmas Encyclopedia
The Nativity: History and Legend
Christmas on Television
Christmas - Vintage Holiday Graphics
Christmas in the South
A Kentucky Christmas
Christmas Unwrapped
Christmas at the Movies

Children's Books

The Christmas Pig
Miracle on 133rd Street
A Shiloh Christmas
Grandma's Gift
Merry Christmas, Curious George
The Legend of Papa Noel
The Willows at Christmas
Farolitos for Abuelo