Holiday Reading: A Homemade Christmas

Subtitle: Creative Ideas for an Earth-Friendly, Frugal, Festive Holiday

Author: Tina Barseghian

Illustrated by Alison Kendall

Published by: Harlequin Books

Genre: Christmas Non-Fiction

Summary: (from the publisher)

Making something with your own hands  –  whether it’s a plate of just-baked cookies, a handcrafted stocking, a homemade wreath, or a hand-folded origami ornament  –  is a great way to connect with the true meaning of Christmas. From holiday decorating to gift giving, A Homemade Christmas is chock-full of projects, recipes, tips, and helpful hints that are guaranteed to add a homemade touch to your holiday season.

What I liked or didn’t like:

  • I liked the numerous ideas and suggestions on literally every page.
  • The scope of the book was complete. The books covers everything from greetings, decorating, cooking, giving, to celebrations.
  • I liked the values exemplified in the book – Christmas is not about buying “stuff.” The best gift are when we give thoughtfully of ourselves.
  • The philosophy behind A Homemade Christmas is simple: Giving part of yourself – your time, effort and talent – will help you get into the genuine holiday spirit
  • The book was small. I’d love to see it expanded.

Recommend?: Yes. Write this one down for next year, like about September.

I first found this book at the library and was immediately charmed. When I had a chance to get a review copy, I jumped at it. Thanks to Harlequin Books for the ARC you allowed me to download on my Kindle. A Homemade Christmas is also available at Amazon. (I am an Amazon Associate.)

This is Book #9 in The Spirit of  Christmas Challenge.

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8 Responses to Holiday Reading: A Homemade Christmas

  1. I love books (and magazines) like this. Every year I pour through them and plan all the things I never do, but still, it’s fun to think about them! I should check out getting this for my family though. They don’t just READ all this stuff, but they actually DO it (and then SELL it for the church fund raising bazaar). (You would think all their crafty talent rubbed off on me even just a little but it totally did not!)

  2. Cerrin says:

    I am very big on making things for christmas gifts. Baked goods and Candy is ehat I make. And well…no one has things sitting arround after that they cant use or have to dust lol

    The only problem is I dont get to enjoy all those cookies and candies I make. lol by the time I am done making them I am sick of candy and dont want any…till a week or so later. and I didnt save any for myself. So just remember to save a small plate of home made stuff for yourself.

  3. kaye says:

    sounds like a good one to have on hand. And I’m stopping by to wish you a very merry Christmas!

  4. Staci says:

    This one sounds like a book I would love to check out. I’ll remember your advice to get to it early so that I can get some of those gifts done. I’m going to start working on a Christmas cross-stitch table cloth for a gift next year!!

  5. I needed this back in September to help get me in the Christmas spirit!

  6. Martha says:

    This sounds like a great idea book for Christmas. I love getting and giving homemade gifts. I’ve been baking like crazy the last few days getting ready for gift giving.

  7. stacybuckeye says:

    I love the idea of this. I’ll make a note of it, whether I remember in September is another thing altogether!

  8. Beth F says:

    Like you said, if you start in August or September, you have a chance for a homemade Christmas.

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