A Very British Christmas: Twelve Days of Discomfort and Joy

A Very British Christmas Twelve Days of Discomfort and Joy Imagine if all your Christmases did actually come at once That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight happiness and nothing going wrong but the British Christmas doesn t always turn out that

  • Title: A Very British Christmas: Twelve Days of Discomfort and Joy
  • Author: Rhodri Marsden
  • ISBN: 9780008256715
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Imagine if all your Christmases did actually come at once.That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight, happiness and nothing going wrong, but the British Christmas doesn t always turn out that way Yes, sometimes all the gifts are perfect, everyone s on great form and no one chokes on a mince pie But on other occasions you ll fall through a glass cabinet or setImagine if all your Christmases did actually come at once.That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight, happiness and nothing going wrong, but the British Christmas doesn t always turn out that way Yes, sometimes all the gifts are perfect, everyone s on great form and no one chokes on a mince pie But on other occasions you ll fall through a glass cabinet or set your cardigan on fire.A Very British Christmas pays tribute to all the peculiar ways we choose to celebrate it tells stories of our propensity to behave badly, our uselessness under pressure and our unquenchable joie de vivre Join us as we salute cultural icons, dissect national customs and hear from people who ve eaten all the turkey and lived to tell the tale.Tidings of discomfort, tidings of joy.

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    • Listened to in audio format.Although I love sickly sweet christmas books, towards the end of December I do suffer from Christmas fatigue. A Very British Christmas was the perfect anti-Christmas book to bring me back down to earth.This was an hilarious book about a typical British Christmas which definitely struck a cord with me. I enjoyed the reminiscences from other people at the end of each chapter.This book would be perfect as a secret Santa present for any bah humbugs.


    • A wry, witty and poignant exploration of the small oddities which make a British Christmas, taking in both the national stuff that baffles other countries (nobody else understands crackers, and really, why would they?) and the idiosyncratic family traditions that even baffle the neighbours. It really captures the way that Christmas is always poised between expectation and nostalgia, and almost entirely without a now. I've got a weird Christmas coming up this year myself, so there was something v [...]


    • *Disclaimed: I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*Anyone who knows me will know that I absolutely adore Christmas and this book epitomises all of the weird and wonderful things that I love about the season. From the Christmas music, to food, to the commercialisation, to the quirky things that have become family traditions, Rhodri Marsden has managed to capture the nostalgia of Christmas whilst providing enough facts to make me feel that I've learned something [...]


    • Absolutely loved this book! Great reading all the little bits about other people’s Christmas experiences. A fabulous book to read at Christmas time or indeed at anytime.


    • Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the Publishers for this review copy, given in exchange for an honest review.This is a book detailing all the little things we do to celebrate Christmas. It’s jam packed full of stories and anecdotes from Santa visiting to the traditional Christmas feast. The anecdotes and stories are dotted in between little bits of history around Christmas and why we do what we do at this time of year. For me, I would prefer more personal stories and anecdotes rather tha [...]


    • A light- hearted look at how we British celebrate Christmas, interspersed with anecdotes from different people, some of which are funny and some heartbreakingly sad.Well worth the read in the run up to the festive season.


    • REVIEWI always try to read a few Christmas themed books in November/December in an attempt to get into the "Christmas-sey mood" so I was looking for an appropriate book to read and review when I found this one. As I am British I was interested to see what Christmas rituals and traditions are thought of as British in origin. I also thought it would be interesting to compare some of my families traditions to those featured in the book.The cover is in a "festive" red colour and the book title is pr [...]


    • There is a bit of a difference on how we celebrate christmas in Sweden and how they do it in the United Kinggdom.


    • We all have our Christmas traditions - from the tatty fairy perched at a drunken angle on the top of the tree to the stupid games that must be played on Christmas Day, while partaking of quantities of food and drink that we would find impossible to justify at any other time of year. These are the things that make Christmas special - and so very British. Here Rhodri Marsden looks at examples garnered from friends, family, and the twitterati which illustrate the absurdity of the British Christmas, [...]


    • Genuinely amusing look at the ridiculous traditions of the ridiculous British at Christmas. Peppered with true life anecdotes and bang on the nose observations, this was the perfect end to a month reading nothing but festively happy endings. I read whole parts of it aloud to my husband, who was sniggering too.


    • I was expecting another festive read and so was pleasantly surprised to find a book which looked in detail at our many Christmas traditions which the view o show how different families celebrate the same festivities SO differently. I loved it as I could dip in and out of it and it raised a few chuckles and also a few memories!


    • It was okay, I wish there was more details and more stories than just British Christmases are awkward type of deal. We know they are, give us more details and more in depth stories besides a few just short quips. I want the sights, the sounds, the ability to feel right in the midst of it all. I missed that in this book.


    • I loved this book and so much of it I can relate to through my own family Highly recommended for a light read over the festive season.





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