The Little Book of Yorkshire Christmas

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"Christmas! The vast, international money-spinner, with its eating, drinking and present-swapping threatening to crowd out both ancient midwinter traditions and the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus. Yet, here and there, these still flourish — especially in Yorkshire. My wife and I are lucky enough to have experienced magical childhood Christmases in the West Riding, and to have seen our children and grandchildren enjoy the same in North Yorkshire — and we delight in the customs, dishes, dialect sayings and so on which can make a Yorkshire Christmas special. Many of these traditional things are, of course, fast disappearing — but they can be nostalgically cherished, and some even revived. A colourful Christmas, full of atmosphere, doesn’t just happen. You make it yourself. The Little Book of Yorkshire Christmas reflects my personal enthusiasm for Christmas, undiminished by the passing years. So I hope you will enjoy this Tiny Tim of a book, and will share with me his famous Christmas toast: ‘God bless us — every one!’"  - Arnold Kellett