The Games of Christmas
by Sharon Ann Haydon
List Price: $39.95
Category: Hobbies & Collecting
Pub Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover, 11 x 11 1/4, 176 pages
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Think of a Victorian or early American Christmas as just ornaments and Christmas trees? From the mid 1800s through the 1930s, it also includes some of the most spectacular imagery of Christmas and Santa Claus in games, puzzles, and blocks. Most people have not seen these old games and this book showcases their wonderful lithography in a format suitable for display at Christmas.
Christmas games from this time period are rare and highly sought by collectors. Included are descriptions of each of the games with publication dates. “Collector’s Notes” highlight little known facts of individual games to guide collectors in their pursuits.
Each of the chapters utilizes individual games to discuss an aspect of Christmas. Included are Santa’s evolution from an elf-like figure to the “right jolly old elf” we recognize today, Santa’s modes of transportation and the preparations in his workshop, his visit to the children, families enjoying Christmas, and miscellaneous games that were about Christmas only on the game cover, for marketing purposes These chapters offer a window into Christmas long ago. Surprisingly, the strategy of many early games is to “obtain the most presents at the expense of your neighbor.” Not the traditional idea of holiday giving.
There are numerous books on old Christmas, but none have focused on Christmas games in particular. This graphically rich book will appeal to collectors of Christmas ephemera, game collectors, and those who just want a beautiful addition to their holiday decorating.