Everything Christmas

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Opening this book is like opening a box full of Christmas cheer.
  
Christmas is a time of celebration and wonder, a time to embrace longstanding traditions and establish new ones. It’s a time for meals made of memories and heartwarming stories shared around the fireplace. It’s a time for worship, reflection, and remembrance of God’s greatest gift.
 
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Overview

Opening this book is like opening a box full of Christmas cheer.
  
Christmas is a time of celebration and wonder, a time to embrace longstanding traditions and establish new ones. It’s a time for meals made of memories and heartwarming stories shared around the fireplace. It’s a time for worship, reflection, and remembrance of God’s greatest gift.
 
Everything Christmas brings all the best ideas for the holiday season together in one volume. In this book, you’ll find your favorite classic Christmas stories and a few new ones destined to join them. You’ll discover the most delectable holiday recipes, enjoy the words to treasured hymns and carols, be encouraged by inspirational Christmas poems, and find renewed joy in the Nativity story. From decoration ideas to Christmas trivia and humor – it’s all here!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307729293
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 237,640
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

David Bordon and Tom Winters are  partners in Bordon-Winters, LLC, a book concept and packaging company that  produces successful books and gift products. Their previous titles include the 101 Things You Should Do series, especially the popular 101 Things You Should Do Before Going to Heaven.
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It’s All about Christmas
 
A well-known Christmas song called it “the most wonderful time of the year!” And there’s not a better way to celebrate the joy of the season than with the very best of Christmas, past and present. This Christmas collection brings “everything Christmas” together in one volume for the entire family!
 
Everything Christmas offers you a potpourri of Christmas delights. Imagine being able to read favorite classic stories, learn the histories of our favorite Christmas traditions and new ways to celebrate them, and enjoy the words to treasured hymns and carols—complete with the stories behind them. You will be fascinated to discover how Christmas is celebrated at dinner tables around the world and to be introduced to new holiday recipes for your family get-togethers. You will find ideas for gift giving and seasonal crafts you can do alone or with little helpers—and even something to tickle your funny bone. All this is in addition to inspiring quotes, Scriptures, poems, and special Christmas remembrances.
 
The book is divided into daily chapters that you can use as an Advent calendar, on your own or with your family, to count down the days until Christmas. A topical index in the back will help you find favorite stories or recipes.
 
It’s all about Christmas! Enjoy!
 
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December 1
Let Us Keep Christmas by Grace Noll Crowell
 
Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing;
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
It’s poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
 
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The History of Christmas
 
Many of our Christmas traditions were celebrated centuries before the Christ child was born. The twelve days of Christmas, the bright fires, the yule log, gift giving, carnivals, carolers going from house to house, holiday feasts, even church processions can all be traced back to the early Mesopotamians. These traditions were passed down throughout the known world and were popular in Rome long before the birth of Christ.
Most historians say that some three centuries after the birth of Christ, Christianity was spreading rapidly. Church leaders were alarmed that their converts continued to honor the ancient celebrations honoring pagan gods. Early Christians had chosen to keep the birth of their Christ child a solemn and religious holiday, without merriment.
For centuries they had forbidden their members to take part in those ancient celebrations. But now it seemed it was a losing battle. As a compromise, they agreed to allow their members to partake in a demure and respectful celebration of the birth of Christ. Thus, the Christian celebration we know as Christmas was born in Rome, near the date 336 AD. The actual date of Christ’s birth is unknown, so the early Christians chose December 25, probably to compete with the wildly popular Roman festival of Saturnalia. Eventually, most of the customs from the festival of Saturnalia were adopted into the celebration of Christmas and given new and sacred meanings. Today, Christmas is both a holiday and a holy day. In America, it is the biggest event of the year, celebrated by people of all ages.

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Christmas Every Day by William Dean Howells
 
The little girl came into her papa’s study, as she always did Saturday morning before breakfast, and asked for a story. He tried to beg off that morning, for he was very busy, but she would not let him. So he began: “Well, once there was a little pig—”
She stopped him at the word. She said she had heard little pig stories till she was perfectly sick of them.
“Well, what kind of story shall I tell, then?”
“About Christmas. It’s getting to be the season.”
“Well!” Her papa roused himself. “Then I’ll tell you about the little girl that wanted it Christmas every day in the year. How would you like that?”
“First-rate!” said the little girl; and she nestled into comfortable shape in his lap, ready for listening.
“Very well, then, this little pig—Oh, what are you pounding me for?”
“Because you said little pig instead of little girl.”
“I should like to know what’s the difference between a little pig and a little girl that wanted Christmas every day!”
“Papa!” said the little girl warningly. At this her papa began to tell the story.
   Once there was a little girl who liked Christmas so much that she wanted it to be Christmas every day in the year, and as soon as Thanksgiving was over she began to send postcards to the old Christmas Fairy to ask if she mightn’t have it. But the old Fairy never answered, and after a while the little girl found out that the Fairy wouldn’t notice anything but real letters sealed outside with a monogram—or your initial, anyway. So, then, she began to send letters, and just the day before Christmas, she got a letter from the Fairy, saying she might have it Christmas every day for a year, and then they would see about having it longer. The little girl was excited already, preparing for the old-fashioned, once-a-year Christmas that was coming the next day. So she resolved to keep the Fairy’s promise to herself and surprise everybody with it as it kept coming true, but then it slipped out of her mind altogether.
She had a splendid Christmas. She went to bed early, so as to let Santa Claus fill the stockings, and in the morning she was up the first of anybody and found hers all lumpy with packages of candy, and oranges and grapes, and rubber balls, and all kinds of small presents. Then she waited until the rest of the family was up, and she burst into the library to look at the large presents laid out on the library table—books, and boxes of stationery, and dolls, and little stoves, and dozens of handkerchiefs, and inkstands,
and skates, and photograph frames, and boxes of watercolors, and dolls’ houses—and the big Christmas tree, lighted and standing in the middle. She had a splendid Christmas all day. She ate so much candy that she did not want any breakfast, and the whole forenoon the presents kept pouring in that had not been delivered the night before, and she went round giving the presents she had got for other people, and came home and ate turkey and cranberry for dinner, and plum pudding and nuts and raisins and oranges, and then went out and coasted, and came in with a stomachache crying, and her papa said he would see if his house was turned into that sort of fool’s paradise another year, and they had a light supper, and pretty early everybody went to bed cross.
   The little girl slept very heavily and very late, but she was wakened at last by the other children dancing around her bed with their stockings full of presents in their hands. “Christmas! Christmas! Christmas!” they all shouted. “Nonsense! It was Christmas yesterday,” said the little girl, rubbing her eyes sleepily.
Her brothers and sisters just laughed. “We don’t know about that. It’s Christmas today, anyway. You come into the library and see.”
   Then all at once it flashed on the little girl that the Fairy was keeping her promise, and her year of Christmases was beginning. She was dreadfully sleepy, but she sprang up and darted into the library. There it was again! Books, and boxes of stationery, and dolls, and so on. There was the Christmas tree blazing away, and the family picking out their presents, and her father looking perfectly puzzled, and her mother ready to cry. “I’m sure I don’t see how I’m to dispose of all these things,” said her mother, and her father said it seemed to him they had had something just like it the day before, but he supposed he must have dreamed it. This struck the little girl as the best kind of a joke, and so she ate so much candy she didn’t want any breakfast, and went round carrying presents, and had turkey and cranberry for dinner, and then went out and coasted, and came in with a stomachache, crying.
Now, the next day, it was the same thing over again, but everybody getting crosser, and at the end of a week’s time so many people had lost their tempers that you could pick up lost tempers anywhere, they perfectly strewed the ground. Even when people tried to recover their tempers they usually got somebody else’s, and it made the most dreadful mix.
   The little girl began to get frightened, keeping the secret all to herself, she wanted to tell her mother, but she didn’t dare to, and she was ashamed to ask the Fairy to take back her gift, it seemed ungrateful and ill-bred. So it went on and on, and it was Christmas on St. Valentine’s Day and Washington’s Birthday, just the same as any day, and it didn’t skip even the First of April, though everything was counterfeit that day, and that was some little relief.
After a while turkeys got to be awfully scarce, selling for about a thousand dollars apiece. They got to passing off almost anything for turkeys—even half-grown hummingbirds. And cranberries—well they asked a diamond apiece for cranberries. All the woods and orchards were cut down for Christmas trees. After a while they had to make Christmas trees out of rags. But there were plenty of rags, because people got so poor, buying presents for one another, that they couldn’t get any new clothes, and they just wore their old ones to tatters. They got so poor that everybody had to go to the poorhouse, except the confectioners, and the storekeepers, and the book sellers, and they all got so rich and proud that they would hardly wait upon a person when he came to buy. It was perfectly shameful!
   After it had gone on about three or four months, the little girl, whenever she came into the room in the morning and saw those great ugly, lumpy stockings dangling at the fireplace, and the disgusting presents around everywhere, used to sit down and burst out crying. In six months she was perfectly exhausted, she couldn’t even cry anymore. And now it was on the Fourth of July! On the Fourth of July, the first boy in the United States woke up and found out that his firecrackers and toy pistol and two-dollar collection of fireworks were nothing but sugar and candy painted up to look like fireworks. Before ten o’clock every boy in the United States discovered that his July Fourth things had turned into Christmas things and was so mad. The Fourth of July orations all turned into Christmas carols, and when anybody tried to read the Declaration of Independence, instead of saying, “When in the course of human events it becomes necessary,” he was sure to sing, “God rest you merry gentlemen.” It was perfectly awful.
   About the beginning of October the little girl took to sitting down on dolls wherever she found them—she hated the sight of them so, and by Thanksgiving she just slammed her presents across the room. By that time people didn’t carry presents around nicely anymore. They flung them over the fence or through the window, and, instead of taking great pains to write “For dear Papa,” or “Mama “ or “Brother,” or “Sister,” they used to write, “Take it, you horrid old thing!” and then go and bang it against the front door.
   Nearly everybody had built barns to hold their presents, but pretty soon the barns overflowed, and then they used to let them lie out in the rain, or anywhere. Sometimes the police used to come and tell them to shovel their presents off the sidewalk or they would arrest them. 
   Before Thanksgiving came it had leaked out who had caused all these Christmases. The little girl had suffered so much that she had talked about it in her sleep, and after that hardly anybody would play with her, because if it had not been for her greediness it wouldn’t have happened. And now, when it came Thanksgiving, and she wanted them to go to church, and have turkey, and show their gratitude, they said that all the turkeys had been eaten for her old Christmas dinners and if she would stop the Christmases, they would see about the gratitude. And the very next day the little girl began sending letters to the Christmas Fairy, and then telegrams, to stop it. But it didn’t do any good, and then she got to calling at the Fairy’s house, but the girl that came to the door always said, “Not at home,” or “Engaged,” or something like that, and so it went on till it came to the old once-a-year Christmas Eve. The little girl fell asleep, and when she woke up in the morning—
“She found it was all nothing but a dream,” suggested the little girl.
“No indeed!” said her papa. “It was all every bit true!”
“What did she find out, then?”
“Why, that it wasn’t Christmas at last, and wasn’t ever going to be, anymore. Now it’s time for breakfast.”
The little girl held her papa fast around the neck.
“You shan’t go if you’re going to leave it so!”
“How do you want it left?” “Christmas once a year.”
“All right,” said her papa, and he went on again.
   Well, with no Christmas ever again, there was the greatest rejoicing all over the country. People met together everywhere and kissed and cried for joy. Carts went around and gathered up all the candy and raisins and nuts, and dumped them into the river, and it made the fish perfectly sick. And the whole United States, as far out as Alaska, was one blaze of bonfires, where the children were burning up their presents of all kinds. They had the greatest time!
   The little girl went to thank the old Fairy because she had stopped its being Christmas, and she said she hoped the Fairy would keep her promise and see that Christmas never, never came again. Then the Fairy frowned, and said that now the little girl was behaving just as greedily as ever, and she’d better look out. This made the little girl think it all over carefully again, and she said she would be willing to have it Christmas about once in a thousand years, and then she said a hundred, and then she said ten, and at last she got down to one. Then the Fairy said that was the good old way that had pleased people ever since Christmas began, and she was agreed. Then the little girl said, “What’re your shoes made of?” And the Fairy said, “Leather.” And the little girl said, “Bargain’s done forever,” and skipped off, and hippity-hopped the whole way home, she was so glad.
“How will that do?” asked the papa.
“First-rate!” said the little girl, but she hated to have the story stop, and was rather sober. However, her mama put her head in at the door and asked her papa:
“Are you never coming to breakfast? What have you been telling that child?”
“Oh, just a tale with a moral.”
The little girl caught him around the neck again.
We know! Don’t you tell what, papa! Don’t you tell what!”
 
William Dean Howells (1837—1920)
Best known as an editor and critic, this American fiction writer produced more than forty novels and story collections. He challenged American authors to choose American subjects, portray them honestly, and create characters who use native-American speech. As a critic, he helped to introduce writers like Mark Twain, Hamlin Garland, and Stephen Crane to American readers.
 
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What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past,
courage for the present, hope for the future.
It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow
with blessings rich and eternal, and that
every path may lead to peace.
Agnes M. Pharo

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Scented Applesauce-Cinnamon Ornaments
 
3 cups applesauce
3 cups ground cinnamon
 
Mix applesauce and cinnamon together until it is thick enough to hold a form. Flatten the mixture on a flat surface and cut into cookie-cutter shapes. Place cookie shapes on a cookie sheet to dry for 3 to 4 days depending on the size and thickness of the cookies. If using as a hanging ornament, make a hole with a toothpick before drying.
 
Makes 15 ornaments.
 
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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    All things Christmas!

    'Everything Christmas' is an entertaining little book celebrating all that is Christmas. The book is set up so you can read a chapter a day starting December 1st as you get ready for Christmas. It includes song lyrics, poems, short stories, recipes, gift ideas, crafts, history and Christmas traditions from other countries.

    I enjoyed reading about where some of our current traditions have come from. The Christmas traditions and recipes from other countries is very interesting and I will enjoy using this with my children in the future as we study Christmas around the world. There are lots of nice poems and quotes that would be great for adding to cards or letters. A great book for new ideas and to get you in the holiday mood!

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. All the opinions are mine.

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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 20, 2010

    A little bit of everything for Christmas time

    Everything Christmas by David Bordon and Tom Winters is just as the title states, a little of everything for Christmas time--part short stories, part quotes, part history book, and part cookbook. It begins on December 1st and runs through the 25th each day adding a little more anticipation to the Christmas season and setting the mood for Christmas time. Most of the stories were enjoyable (although many made me cry) and they were not the same stories you read all the time, with just a few familiar tales. My favorite part of the book, however, was not the stories, but the information about Christmas traditions from all over the world (even including recipes). I am a homeschooler and can see how I could use this book to teach about Christmas celebrations, even re-creating the many feasts from other parts of the world, for years to come. I have enjoyed this addition to my collection and will likely refer to it in the future.
    *I received this as a blogger for review from Waterbrook Multnomah and the opinions expressed are completely my own.

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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 10, 2010

    Everything Christmas by David Bordon and Tom Winters

    Everything Christmas is an enlightening, sometimes humorous book full of Christmas cheer. Inside the covers of this book, you will find fun facts about this holiday season, the history of Christmas traditions from all over the world, tasty recipes for the holidays, great gift ideas, and much more.
    The book is broken down into 24 days, which can be used as an Advent calendar, but you might find yourself reading two or three days ahead because it is very informative and fun to read.
    I enjoyed learning the history behind certain traditions of the Christmas season, as well as learning about how Christmas is celebrated in other countries around the world.I also like how the authors include the Christ Child in the back of the book, as well as Scripture throughout the book to enhance the true meaning of the Christmas season. If you are feeling super adventurous, this book even gives you the opportunity to learn how to say "Merry Christmas" in over 15 languages!
    I would recommend this book to all of those who love the Christmas season and want to learn more about why we celebrate the way that we do. It is a fun read, and has many suggestions on starting your own family traditions!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2010

    Great book - Wonderful new Christmas tradition!

    What a treat this book was! Perfect for getting in the Christmas spirit. It has chapters divided by each day of December, so it's easy to spend just 10 minutes each day learning new things about Christmas and getting ideas for how to prepare for the holiday! I plan on turning it into a December tradition with my kids and read the stories to them each day of the month. It's full of stories of traditions from multiple countries. There are sections that list what traditional meals in many countries are. There are great recipes, decoration ideas, gift ideas, Christmas trivia, stories of the development of Christmas songs, Christmas poems, Christmas humor, and so much more.

    I've already decided to make it part of our Christmas traditions as well as use the gift ideas, decorating ideas, and cooking ideas.

    I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit quickly! I just finished reading the stories for today while listening to Christmas music!

    A fun new Christmas tradition!

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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 12, 2010

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    Everything Christmas

    I had the timely opportunity to read the book, Everything Christmas: Celebrate the Joy of the Advent Season with the Best of Christmas Past & Present, published by Water Brook. This book is a compendium of secular as well as religious Christmas themed short stories, recipes, Christmas Carols, poetry, famous quotes as well as Christmas triva & almanac- type facts. There is something for everyone in this book: plenty of recipes to make the mom/ grandmother/ in-law happy, sentimental "happy" stories for those fand of the ever-popular Readers Digest magazine as well as extensive biblical quotes/ text from the gospel accounts of Jesus' birth- (albeit it uses the modern translation "The Message" rather than the more poetic and traditional New King James Version)- for those faithful Christian friends and relatives. The numerous Christmas related facts- such as the historical meaning behind each of the 12 days of Christmas will satisfy any trivia fan. This encyclopediac compendium would make a perfect gift book for a neighbor, or teacher. This book makes an appropriate gift for anyone on your Christmas list who merits a little more than a simple Christmas card in the mail. If you want to give a gift that is a bit more original and sentimental than the overused and over-gifted Christmas scented candle- this makes a good choice. In fact, with its presentation page, this book is remeniscent of a Christmas greeting card- in fact you do not need to purchase a seperate greeting card if you choose to give this book as a Christmas gift. As a blogger for Multnomah publishers I am writing this review and the opinions expressed are my own.

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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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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    Excellent Christmas reference book

    This book is set up like an advent book. Each day from December 1-24th contains a reading such as a poem or Christmas carol, a story, some recipes, some quizzes, and a historical article about Christmas such as how a certain country usually celebrates it or a biblical story. Each day is approximately 20 pages and there is an extensive index in the back so if you want a search for a specific idea for gifts or decorations or the exact words to a carol, it is easily found. An excellent little book to refer to for ideas or to read stories and put one in the Christmas mood.

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