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Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

I am a huge fan of Ace Collins books! He has quite a few focusing on Christmas, and specifically the stories behind some of our favorite aspects of this wonderful Holiday season. His most recent book, Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas, lists off America’s favorite Christmas songs (think Casey Kasem’s countdown, for those of us who are old enough to remember, focusing on Christmas music), the story behind what made that song a “hit,” as well as the story behind how the song was originally created.

Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas is similar to Ace Collins’ Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas (which I gave as a Christmas gift to a music loving friend a few years ago), however, it gives a bit more focus to how those songs came to weave themselves into the fabric of Americans’ Christmas celebrations.

We all know these songs! And have probably been hearing them in the stores and on the radio since sometime in October. Here is your chance to read why songs like White Christmas, Jingle Bell Rock, and Silent Night continue to see daily play on the radio during December, and to fall all the more in love with them for knowing that much more about their background.

For fans, there is also the Stories Behind Christmas Boxed Set, including: Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas, Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, and Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas (another one that I’ve read with my family often during this season).

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Alyssa is a wife and stay at home, homeschooling mother of five, with two boxers, two cats, a soft shelled turtle named after Bob the Builder, and 7 frogs (admittedly a homeschooling project gone froggy). In all her spare time, she loves to read and believes that there is no such thing as having too many books!

Review copies were provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.