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Everything Christmas

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  • Posted December 21, 2010

    Great resource for family night!

    During the holidays, sometimes it can get difficult to organize Family Home Evening. Enter the book, "Everything Christmas" by David Bordon and Tom Winters. Though not made for family home evening, its layout would be perfect for Monday nights.

    "Everything Christmas" is set up almost like a devotional, with a few pages of content for each day of December. Throughout the book, you will find quotes, stories, fun facts, holiday ideas, Christmas carols, recipes, and crafts. All you need to hold family home evening is an opening and closing prayer, your scriptures, and this book.

    You will need to add a few scriptures to pull it all together and make appropriate for FHE. It will only take a couple of minutes to find some appropriate to your lesson. Using the topical guide in your scriptures will make quick work of getting your lesson together.

    "Everything Christmas" will make family nights a lot easier during the holidays. Family home evening will be less stressful, and you and your family can focus on the spirit of the season.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    The BEST Christmas book I have come across in years!

    As soon as I saw this book I knew I had to have it! It is like an advent calendar with a lot of extra goodies. The book starts on December 1st and the suggestion is to read one day at a time and make the included recipes or play the outlined games and REALLY take time to immerse yourself in the joy and wonder of the Christmas Season instead of hurrying through it feeling like you have to do things or have to be somewhere. Everything Christmas really helped me overcome the holiday 'blah & bustle' that I usually suffer from and instead enjoy the season like I haven't done in years!

    For many years I have "done" Christmas, not "celebrated" Christmas and I am starting to regain the joy and wonder that I had lost over the years. Christmas used to be one of my two favorite holidays until financial problems, a divorce and shared custody which left me hurting instead of hoping during this joyous time and deep, lingering hurts from a difficult childhood finally made me say, "to heck with Christmas. I'll ACT like I love it but I'll be glad when it's over." Thanks to Everything Christmas' engaging and uplifting stories, delicious recipes and whimsical, wonderful ideas I TRULY am celebrating this season of miracles.

    I give this book a solid 5 stars and really suggest that EVERY family make this part of their Christmas traditions

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    A New Family Tradition!

    Everything Christmas is a collection of facts, stories, songs, recipes, homemade crafts and so much more themed for the holiday season. For every day of the advent calendar there is a bundle of each one of these activities to share and complete with your family.

    This book can easily become one of our Christmas traditions. With its traditional and new holiday elements, this book is great for any family, pleasing both the older and newer generations. The advent style organization of the book makes it very easy to read through while the index makes it easy to find exactly the item from the book you want, from a recipe to a craft.The red and green ink and designs further add to the Christmas cheer that comes from reading this book. This is a book that will have a permanent place on our family bookshelf.

    Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for this review. Opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Everything Christmas is everything that you want!

    "It's all here" is the perfect description for Everything Christmas. Starting on December 1 you will have readings, recipes, crafts, and more to entertain and enlighten your family from grandparents down to grandchildren. But don't worry - it will be perfect even if you start on December 5! The book itself is gorgeous! The subtle colors on the heavy weight pages make this book feel much more decadent than the price suggests. It is a beautiful gift book ready for a place in your holiday traditions. I thoroughly enjoy the mix of information: traditions explained, trivia and historical facts, carols and quotations shared for daily enjoyment, stories to expand on the meaning of the season, recipes to fill your belly, and more. You'll come across the significant and the entertaining as you read through the chapters daily. My mind is running wild with ideas on how this book will play a role in the coming month. (The crafty side of me wants to use several quotes on Christmas cards and in holiday letters!) Though quoted scripture doesn't appear in each chapter it does appear heavily, and it is very clear that as the saying goes, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season." I appreciate this in today's society of materialism. For example, December 9 does not include a scripture reading but it does highlight a writing from Martin Luther, information on Advent traditions, Silent Night, and more. Everything Christmas is a treasure!

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Christmas Reference

    The title for this volume says it all: Everything Christmas. This 312-page book is chock full of anything you might wonder about and many more things about Christmas that you never realized. It contains all of the answers.

    With a section for every day of December, I can see it being used for daily devotions. Families who celebrate Advent will find it extremely useful. Anyone who celebrates Christmas, would enjoy this perfect reference.

    Here's a listing of the extensive index:
    Christmas Crafts and Decorations
    Christmas Dinners (listed by countries)
    Christmas Gifts
    Christmas Memories, Letters, and Reflections
    Christmas Poems
    Christmas Quotations (listed by names)
    Christmas Recipes
    Christmas Scriptures
    Christmas Songs, Carols, and Hymns
    Christmas Stories
    Christmas Traditions
    Christmas Trivia and Humor

    A presentation page is included which makes this a perfect gift idea.

    Thank you to FirstWildCard and Staci Carmichael, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Doubleday Religion / Waterbrook Multnomah, Divisions of Random House, Inc. for my copy.

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