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Posted January 4, 2011
'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.
Posted December 21, 2010
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.
Posted December 20, 2010
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.
Posted December 13, 2010
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
Posted December 10, 2010
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!
Posted December 7, 2010
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!
Posted December 2, 2010
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.
Posted November 29, 2010
"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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 12, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2010
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 Memories, Letters, and Reflections
Christmas Quotations (listed by names)
Christmas Songs, Carols, and Hymns
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.
Posted November 3, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.