World Book’s Christmas in Belgium is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Belgium. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Belgian holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.
Christmas in Belgium begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and in their cities. The book introduces the beloved figure of Saint Nicholas, depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional Belgian celebration of Christmas. From age-old ways of decorating the tree to shopping in special Christmas markets, setting up the crèche, and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Belgium captures the spirit of the holiday in this central European land. Also included are details about other Belgian holidays that are celebrated at this time—Lovers’ Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Three Kings’ Day.
Christmas Around the World:
Christmas in Belgium is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World series. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.