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What do the doors of Advent calendars conceal? Chocolates, sometimes, or toys. Sometimes there are illustrations of chocolates and toys. And holly. And snow. Things that make Christmas Christmas in Canada. Derek McCormack's Christmas Days is an Advent calendar in words and images. The chapters are doors, each wittily illustrated by Seth, and each offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of something quintessentially Christmassy. Wrapping paper, toy stockings, tree stands. When did they become part of Christmas? Where in Canada were they made? Who made them?
In the nineteenth century, Canadians whitened Christmas trees with crushed glass. Or asbestos. A Montreal photographer spread white fox fur in his studio, making it the plushest, and priciest, fake snow ever. And Christmas Crackers? Once they contained petite perfume bottles and Wedgwood figurines. Today they contain tissue-paper crowns that nobody wants to wear.
A blend of history and reportage, Christmas Days includes a cast of incredible characters and a sampling of festive holiday treats from the past and present.