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

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6271 KB
  • Print Length: 451 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (17 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JEVQ28
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #718,961 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I got this as it was free, but it's a little treasure trove of, as the title suggests, just about everything to do with Christmas! Includes the history of Christmas and Santa Claus, Christmas traditions, peoms, stories, carols, films, quizzes, Christmas around the world, recipes etc. A little gem of a book and one that I would have gladly have paid for.
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It has very useful examples and excerpts of Christmas stories and songs/music, otherwise, it's a bit 'meh'. Also it's American based, so you get what you (or in this case you don't) pay for. It's OK.
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It would have been nicer with more images inside.
Not very precise about Xmas around the world (expecially in Italy!!!)
Anyway It's ok.
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A great book. A good bedtime read.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9176a018) out of 5 stars 43 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914f7a5c) out of 5 stars really "everything" 19 Dec. 2011
By Happy - Published on Amazon.com
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!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x914f7ab0) out of 5 stars Very Well Researched and Lots of Holiday Ideas 24 Dec. 2011
By Rebecca of Amazon - Published on Amazon.com
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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
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By 3LittleSwimmers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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HASH(0x914f7c84) out of 5 stars handy, but could benefit from more depth 26 Jan. 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

Also, a lot of the book's length is padded with the inclusion of numerous Christmas-related public domain works, such as The Little Match Girl, Dickens' A Christmas Carol, O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi, poems and traditional Christmas carols. It's nice to have them all in one bundle, but the initial chapters of the book that delved so deep into the roots of the holiday led me to expect the chapter on "The Stories of Christmas" would equally explore the background of the famous Christmas material rather than just dump the material itself, in its entirety, into the middle of the book.
HASH(0x914f7e70) out of 5 stars Surprisingly comprehensive Christmas themed book 24 Nov. 2013
By Andrea Polk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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