Ed Daly takes readers on a Christmas journey

Hoboken-based author goes into history and culture of the holiday

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Ed Daly's new book goes into the history and culture of Christmas.
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Daly decided to write about Christmas after a tumultuous 2020.
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Ed Daly's new book goes into the history and culture of Christmas.
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Daly decided to write about Christmas after a tumultuous 2020.

Christmas comes once every year, but for one Hoboken resident, it’s been the holidays since last year.

The reason? He’s been writing a book about the history of Christmas. Called “The Christmas Book: The Ultimate Guide to Your Favorite Holiday,” he looked into its origins and the culture of Christmas since it’s incarnation. The process also included listening to Christmas music in the spring.

“To write about Christmas music, I had to have the songs pop into my head,” said author Ed Daly. “It has been a unique experience in that I would have jingle bells in my head in the middle of April, or to review a Christmas movie or special movie that I hadn’t seen.”

After a very rough year in 2020, Daly decided to bring a lighter mood and chronicle the holiday in the book.

Ed Daly is an author who’s lived in the Mile Square City since 1998. He formerly worked on Wall Street for about a decade before deciding to pursue a creative outlet, and currently works with his wife’s company.

He previously wrote two books: “Cereal: Snap, Crackle, Pop Culture,” a book about cereal, and “Heroes and Jerks: The Best and Worst Who Ever Lived,” a book about heroes and jerks throughout history.

Daly decided to write about Christmas after a tumultuous 2020.

Writing the “Heroes and Jerks” book took about five years on and off. It was challenging for him, but while it was entertaining and enlightening to learn about different historical people, he decided that after a tumultuous 2020, he wanted to do more lighter topics.

“I think the world is kind of ready to embrace some lighter things as we get out as we slowly get back to normal life,” he said.

The book is a guide about Christmas, going through its origins, its history, and the culture of it such as music, movies, TV shows, literature, and toys.

He got started on the book after last Christmas. While writing, he learned about a number of interesting tidbits about Christmas; gingerbread houses at Christmas time came about because of government restrictions in Germany hundreds of years ago, and “Silent Night” was written by a priest.

Daly hopes that the book does a little bit for everyone and shows every aspect of the holiday. As the holiday approaches, the Christmas music will fit much better.

“The Christmas Book: The Ultimate Guide to Your Favorite Holiday,” is out now.

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