Ok, so I’m a little early.
But it’s not too early to start shopping for this year’s Christmas Book.
I’m not a big Christmas collector, but I do love and collect Christmas books (and food ornaments, but that’s another post). Whether it’s a beloved Christmas story, a beautiful picture book, a charming children’s story, or a Christmas-themed novel, I have baskets of Christmas books around my house during the holidays. And yes, I do read them.
Every year, I look for something new and special to add to my collection. And this year it will be The Christmas Book from Phaidon. Phaidon is the premier publisher of creative arts. And this book is spectacular.
A Beautiful Collection of Christmas Art and Culture
From its brilliant red cover with a stylized Christmas tree, to the luxuriously illustrated pages, accompanied by three holiday-inspired essays. The Christmas Book is a visual feast of more than 200 thoughtfully selected and paired images from every culture and period in which the holiday is observed. An international panel of experts and enthusiasts have carefully curated this collection of paintings, books, prints, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, photography, and more.
It features a 10th century gospel book cover embedded with ivory, precious metals and gemstones. Elsewhere, we find Henry Matisse’s Maquette for Nuit de Noël (Christmas Eve) and Andy Warhol’s Fairy and Christmas Ornaments drawings from the 1950s. The dance through the decades continues with contributions from iconic figures of the 80s and 90s such as Keith Haring and Alexander McQueen.
This extraordinary, definitive cultural Christmas companion is a must have not only for those who observe Christmas, but also for those who love art, design, history, and pop culture. The Christmas Book is an ideal addition to any Christmas collection, and gift for book lovers.
Buy the Book
About the Authors
Frequent Phaidon art books contributor David Trigg is a writer, critic, and art historian.
Sam Bilton is an author and food historian, writer, and cook, with a particular focus on historical recipes.
Dolph Gotelli, Professor Emeritus of Design at University of California, is an international expert and lecturer on Christmas, holiday rituals, and Santa Claus.
Learn more about Phaidon here.