The Origin and Purpose of Festivals—Ideas suggested by Christmas— Pagan and Christian Elements—The Names of the Festival—Foundation of the Feast of the Nativity—Its Relation to the Epiphany—December 25 and the Natalh In-victi—The Kalends of January—Yule and Teutonic Festivals—The Church and Pagan Survivals—Two Conflicting Types of Festival—Their Interaction—Plan of the Book.
THE CHRISTIAN FEAST CHAPTER II
CHRISTMAS POETRY (I)......31
Ancient Latin Hymns, their Dogmatic, Theological Character— Humanizing Influence of Franciscanism—Jacopone da Todi's Vernacular Verse—German Catholic Poetry—Mediaeval English Carols.
CHAPTER III CHRISTMAS POETRY (II)......55
The French Noel—Latin Hymnody in Eighteenth-century France— Spanish Christmas Verse—Traditional Carols of Many Countries— Christmas Poetry in Protestant Germany—Post-Reformation Verse in England—Modern English Carols.