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The Everything Family Christmas Book: Stories, Songs, Recipes, Crafts, Traditions, and More (Everything®) [Kindle Edition]

Yvonne Jeffrey
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Book Description

This holiday collection is a treasury of Christmas traditions, stories, songs, and recipes that promises to bring readers young and old together to celebrate the spirit of the season. Everyone will enjoy this delightful guide to all things Christmas, featuring: the perennial classic Christmas stories, poems, and carols; recipes for family gatherings, parties, and holiday gifts from the kitchen; ideas for thoughtful and creative handmade gifts; decorating ideas for any room; and holiday customs and traditions from around the world. As a gift or a book to be treasured, this book will help readers create new traditions that can be shared year after year.


Product Details

  • File Size: 3343 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0087E35MQ
  • Publisher: Adams Media (September 17, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JEVQ28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really "everything" December 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
this is packed with tons of information, poems, stories, recipes, and even fun quizzes. It is easy to read and well organized. There is an exaustive list of holiday movies, that is most helpful. Cant imagine anything that is not in here!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It December 20, 2011
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This is just what I was looking for this year. It contains a wealth on knowledge. And yes it has a table of contents which makes it very easy to scroll to the chapter I want. I found a few ideas that I plan on starting with my family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Researched and Lots of Holiday Ideas December 23, 2011
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"The Everything Christmas Book" is a trip down memory lane and a good place to pick up some holiday traditions. This book reminded me of Christmas hymns we sung as children and also reminded me of Christmas traditions I've participated in over the years. We used to play Secret Santa and it was always fun. I also remember pulling crackers when I lived in Africa. We had some English traditions.

Some of the most interesting sections of this book are the chapters on the history of Christmas and how Christmas is celebrated around the world. You may be surprised by the many pagan origins of your favorite Christmas traditions. You may be surprised that the Yule Log Cake you love was actually inspired by real logs that were burned in celebration of the sun. I was also surprised that Christmas was outlawed in some countries in the past. Other things I found interesting was the story about why we hang up stockings on the fireplace.

Christmas is the main theme of this book but the author also briefly discusses the eight days of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali and Ramadan.

There are also several stories and poems that can be read at Christmas time. I especially enjoyed reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" which is perfect to read to kids.

Some of the fun things about this book are the craft projects. And let's not forget all the lovely recipes! If you have never made a fruitcake this book has three recipes. There is also a recipe for Fudge, Wassail and Gingerbread Men.

A special section explains how to prepare for guests to make their visit comfortable. There are also some safety tips and decorating tips to make the holiday season safe.

This book is especially well researched and perfect to read a few weeks before Christmas, preferably while Christmas music is playing.

~The Rebecca Review
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars handy, but could benefit from more depth January 25, 2012
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The first sections of this book describing the history of holiday and its various traditions were the most interesting parts. It starts to feel like it's merely skimming the surface though, and that problem becomes more prevalent the deeper you get into the book. For instance, a chapter on "Christmas on the Silver Screen" only covers one movie (a very in-depth essay on the history of "It's a Wonderful Life"), then switches to Christmas TV specials, which it covers by giving a one or two sentence description of three randomly selected Christmas-themed programs that aired on TV each Christmas Eve from 1962 to 2006. No analysis, no commentary, no data like what network a show aired on or when it was made. For example, the famous Charlie Brown Christmas special debuted in 1965, but not on Christmas Eve, so this section of the book lists that show under 1999 because that year it aired on some channel on Christmas Eve. I would have loved it if they gave some of the staples (Grinch, Miracle on 34th Street, Rankin/Bass, Elf, etc.) the same treatment they gave "It's a Wonderful Life." The way it came out, I'm not really sure what the point of this list is. Similarly there's a chapter that describes what Christmas was like in each decade starting from 1900 to present, but again the information included seems random and lacks a strong sense of context.

A chapter on non-Christian holiday celebrations during the same season gives a lot of interesting details I'd never heard before about Hanukkah, but then slips back into just thumbnails on Kwanzaa, Diwali, Ramadan, and others. The whole book could have been a fantastic resource if it had applied a more consistent level of thoroughness throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for the little ones in your life. January 8, 2014
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I sent these to the little ones in my life and had a note saying Merry Christmas from Santa and Mrs. Claus the North Pole.
It was sent and received in one day. Incredible. The little ones loved it and it came early enough so the parents could spend
time with their children doing and reading activities during the Holidays. Thank you Amazon for sending this in less than 24 Hours,
Janet West
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring, not much info, repetiive December 31, 2013
Format:Paperback
Thank goodness I got this book for free. Who would think a book about Christmas could be so freakin' boring? Very repetitive too, with a lot of nonsense nobody cares about. pffft
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Christmas December 16, 2013
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It's all sorts of traditional and, in my opinion, common knowledge Christmas stuff. If you are just starting out celebrating Christmas, or just want to make sure you have a good knowledge base about it, this is a good book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly comprehensive Christmas themed book November 24, 2013
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Christmas 'KABOOM!' is what I found when I picked up The Everything Family Christmas Book on Kindle. This book is for those who want a little bit of everything: history, stories, traditions, poems, carols, trivia, how different countries celebrate the holiday, multicultural celebrations (Kwanzaa,Hanukkah...12 in all), with some recipes for desserts, baked goods and beverages.

I remember a similar book my mother had while we were growing up (we're in our 40's now and the book is in my box of Christmas decorations to be unearthed next week...), which we looked at each holiday for favorite recipes and carols. This book is even better than that one in terms of content, but it does suffer a tad from the way it's been translated by Kindle Publishing into the Kindle format. There are no photos of recipes (always helpful to me...), and while the sheet music is there for the carols, it's a tad tough to read. You have the option to open up the photo of the music and then turn your device (Kindle Fire or iPad for me) get a good look at the music, but then you lose the words. A small issue and again, probably due to format more than content of the book.

This book is packed with lots of great information. I could see it being used as a resource for a school paper regarding the history of Christmas in the US from the 1900s to present day, or as a go-to book for inspired Christmas spirit. No, it's not a bunch of recipes or crafts, but it is fun and chalk full of a lot of things families will enjoy during the Christmas season.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...
This book had no illustrations, which would have been useful in the craft and recipe sections. Most of the author's ideas have been around forever and I did not come away with... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary B Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
this book literally has everything christmas related. stories, history, traditions, songs, recipes, etc. i was really impressed with everything thats in it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bridget
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved by all family members!
This was a Christmas gift to the family. Just as expected! Great service and shipping was on time as anticipated!
Published 10 months ago by Theresa
5.0 out of 5 stars The Everything Family Christmas Book: Stories, Solngs, Recipes,...
There is a lot of wonderful ideas in this book. I have it on my Kindle, but will be needing to get it in hardback.
Published 13 months ago by Victoria S. Darrow
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
It is a very interesting book and enjoyable to read. Appropriate for the whole family, speccially for them with kids.
Published 14 months ago by Claus Aragao
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
When they say everything,they mean everything. It didn't miss anything. Better then I thought it would be. A must read for the season.
Published 14 months ago by Brad Lovett Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Everything Family Christmas Book
I bought this book so that we can learn more about the christmas holiday tradtions my family is from Norway.
Published 15 months ago by Denise M. Bristow
4.0 out of 5 stars Many ideas
It was a free download of a book of Christmas.....It has crafts, traditions and many good recipes to try ..
Published 15 months ago by Cheryl A. Enyart
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described
Book is a great gift and full of great ideas for the entire family to share over the Christmas season
Published 16 months ago by Trent Ferguson
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