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Merry Kitschmas: The Ultimate Holiday Handbook Paperback – Bargain Price, September 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 119 pages
  • ISBN-10: 0811842118
  • ASIN: B000A176TM
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,772,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael D. Conway is the founder of Atlas Design, a stationery company best known for their "Martha Seward's White Trash Christmas" cards. He is a writer, designer, and performer. One of his claims to fame is that he played the pretentious kleptomaniac hou

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It's not Kitsch, it's just plain dumb.
Barb
Make a cocktail Judy Garland would be proud to slug down, put on a pair of Isotoners, kick back, laugh, and enjoy!
Amy Hutchins
The amount of creativity that this book has to offer is really unique.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Barb on September 24, 2005
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I love tacky/kitschy Christmas items and thought this would be a fun book to add to my library. Maybe some ideas decorating or using that wonderful stuff from the fifties and sixties? Wrong! It's not Kitsch, it's just plain dumb. Although some of the recipes might be worth trying if you want to re-create a classic fruit cake, why on earth would you add wheat grass to make it "completely inedible".

I'm always open to new ideas and love to have fun things around, but for the life of me I can't find one thing in the entire book that I would try to use for a fun holiday. The white powder donut tree? Nope. The rubber glove tree or the weenie tree -- I think not.

Yeah, I can take a joke and the book is meant to be one. But this joke was on me for spending the money on it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L. Bartlett on July 22, 2005
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I thought I'd read everything I needed to know about this book, but when I got it, it was completely different than what I hoped. The cover is an adorable reminder of some the kitschy things that made our Christmas as kids so fun. My Grandma had a few of the same little elves as you see on the front of the book. However, when you look inside, there's no more of that. Just a bunch of pictures of cocktails and fruitcakes. (I'm guessing that this was the kind of Christmas the author grew up with?) There is one page with a great idea for a snow man made of marshmallows. It's impressive and looks yummy. But the rest of this book just made me feel dirty.

I realize that this is probably a joke book, but this is one joke I don't get!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Karen B. on January 7, 2005
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I hear Martha and her team lost their cell-decorating contest during her first Christmas in jail. She should be out by next year, but if not, "Merry Kitschmas" would be a great source of ideas for an unashamedly tasteless holiday. The book is funny and wonderfully offbeat and a perfect antitode to all the cultural messages about Christmas perfection and yuletide bliss. It's also very well written. I especially love the airstream tree-topper and the spare tire wreath. I hope Michael Conway tackles Valentine's Day next!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Hutchins on November 21, 2006
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Some of the greatest holiday ideas come out of poking fun at the family, festivus and religion which is exactly what this book delivers for some of us. Highly creative, and beautifully photographed, MERRY KITSCHMAS delivers 100 ideas to keep you busy from Thanksgiving 'til you get that always-expected-great-aunt-fruitcake delivered to your door on the 23rd...In fact, you'll know exactly what to do with it after you read Michael Conway's wonderfully fabulous book. Make a cocktail Judy Garland would be proud to slug down, put on a pair of Isotoners, kick back, laugh, and enjoy!
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