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Product Details

  • Series: Festivals
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press (1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095070623X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0950706238
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.6 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found my copy of this book in a thrift store and soon had friends asking where to buy the book. It is a gem of information about holidays and how to celebrate them, including recipies (I baked the Autumn Nut Loaf for Thanksgiving this year) and games and songs. It's presented in an interesting and lovely manner, and even has a Birthday Calendar in the back to keep track of family and friend's birthdays. The author's premise is that the more celebrations and festivals you celebrate with your family, the closer you become. I second this opinion and urge you to read this book and start celebrating!!!
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Wow, my first Amazon review! Wish it were more positive cause I'm that kinda gal but here goes anyway. Our family has a hodgepodge of unschooling/Montessori/Waldorf/seasonal and nature-loving accents. Husband is a Montessori teacher and used to teach at Waldorf. We love being outdoors and playing with plants, rocks, trees and stuff. Needless to say we are always looking for earthy creativity in the form of seasonal crafts and working with nature's little treasures to put fun, imaginative and meaningful constructions together. We love the idea of rites of passage, seasonal festivals, seasonal tables (we have a seasonal tree).

This book seemed like a good fit. I like All Year Round from what I have seen of a friend's copy, but shy away from outright purchase of it because of the Christian tone (we're Unitarian-types). So I got this instead thinking it would fit a similar scope minues the religious agenda. It seemed like it did. It seems like it should. But it just didn't nail it for me.

I'll start with the foods. They are fatty and non-progressive, laden with suggestions for food coloring, mayo, sour cream, tons of butter etc. Alright I confess we're a vegan (and high-raw) family, but it's not like I was expecting vegan or raw recipes. I was hoping for more earthy, harvest-type foods. Fresh pressed fall cider, summer berries harvested in the woods, wild edible herbs and salads from your backyard, local farmer's market stuff, even canning/pickling tips, farm/garden fare and fun holiday goodies like popcorn balls, nutmeg pumpkin soups, cornbread and homemade rosemary or apple breads, cranberry sauce etc. There is some of that stuff here and there but very little of it and none it it natural and whole foods based. I always keep thinking "This food is gross.
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I was looking for a book exactly like this one. It is organized by Seasons and Holidays, with songs, stories, crafts and recipes that relate to the season/holiday. It is very easy to come up with nice additions to your family celebrations with this book. The holidays tend to be European Christian holidays, which is different than the typical American holidays, but not so much that you can't work in many of the activities in the book. Plus, you may discover new holidays. We have added Michealmas to our celebrations- it is a great way to distract my kids so that we don't have to start Halloween in September!
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This book covers many festivals, or holidays, throughout the year. For each, a selection of poetry or very short stories excerpted from longer works is provided. Sometimes the legend(s) behind that day are given. Also included are games, recipes, and craft projects. The recipes use British measurements and ingredients, so for Americans they will require some adjustment to find ingredients in some cases.

This is a useful book, but given its length it could have been better. Perhaps it's that the recipes aren't as accessible for Americans; I can't quite put my finger on what left me underwhelmed. Common holidays in America are of course not covered. Still, it's a very useful resource. If you're just beginning with the celebration of seasonal holidays, I'd recommend Mrs. Sharp's Victorian Traditions by Breathnach instead to start off with, then add this one later when you're ready for more.
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I really wanted to love this book, but I agree with some other reviewers, it is not easy to work with - and that's what I wanted: a book to work with. Once you get down to one season, however, it is manageable if you put in some time first. I like that it shows many aspects of celebrating and enjoying a season, but it reminds me very much of a notebook that someone gathered along a lifelong journey. I feel I need to add tabs and note myself to access the information that I find worthwhile.
It provides plenty of resources, but the always changing format with each content makes it also hard to go back to a certain section, as you may not find it easily. The recipes are confusing, ingredients are not listed in the order added, measurements are not clear and not well adapted for the US market. Altogether, I appreciate the book and will keep using it at occasions. I am certain the authors wanted to keep the style of the book simple and not flashy, but if the goal is to reach more people and invite them to celebrate our seasons with nature and family in mind, then I would have structured it a bit better - and really keeping it simple that way all around.
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First of all, let me say what a lovely & information-rich book this is. The stories & ideas are really nice. But I was very disappointed to find that there is no mention of Asian, Jewish or Muslim festivals, not even in passing. The festivals all seem to be Christian in origin, which is fine, but I was hoping this book would have a broader scope. I was hoping to be able to share the story of Hanukkah with my children and to craft/cook something for Chinese New Year, but this is not the book for that.

Aside from this, it's a true treasure trove of verse, crafts, stories & recipes. Buy it & you won't regret it, but do so knowing that you will need to look elsewhere if you're interested in learning more about traditional festivities from beyond the British Isles.
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