Tuesday, December 17, 2013

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10

Today I have 12 more books for you. For today's selection, I searched for non-fiction books for Christmas. These aren't ones I've personally read, but they sounded like they might be interesting.

Best of Christmas Ideas by Better Homes & Gardens
Description from Goodreads:
Deck the halls with tons of ideas and projects that help make the season bright Whether you incorporate handmade items as part of your decor, celebrations, or gift giving, adding a personal touch to Christmas makes the holiday season even more special. Christmas Ideasis packed with easy and inspirational ways to help beautify and personalize your holiday season. You'll get ideas for festive decorating schemes, stunning themed trees, quick-to-make ornaments and cards, appealing gifts, and easy crafts. So before you adorn your home or begin penning your Christmas cards, turn to this gorgeous book for

Projects that bring a handmade touch to holiday d¿cor, gifts, and celebrations
Step-by-step instructions for craft projects
Ideas for holiday entertaining including kitchen-tested recipes
Gorgeous color photos that offer inspiration and guidance

Christmas Ideas is a treasure-trove of holiday merriment—a perfect source for creating unforgettable Christmas celebrations and traditions you'll be proud to share with family and friends.

Nigella Christmas
Description from Goodreads:
Nigella Christmas comprises reliable, practical, easy-to-follow recipes and inspiring and reassuring advice, presented in a gorgeous package that will make this the ultimate gift to yourself, your family and friends.
Nigella Christmas will surely become an all-time perennial favourite, the book we will all reach for – for minimum stress and maximum enjoyment – at holiday season.

Recipes include everything from Christmas cakes and puddings to quick homemade presents (cookies and chutneys); food to cook and freeze ahead; oven slow-cooking; “hero” ingredients; as well as party food and drinks. And, of course, exciting and inspiring variations for the Main Event – from traditional turkey, festive ham and special trimmings; to a Swedish or Polish Christmas à la Nigella; to a vegetarian Christmas feast.
Pagan Christmas
A look at he Pagan origins of the modern day Christmas celebrations & symbols.

When Santa was a Shaman
Description from Goodreads:
Yes, there is a Santa Claus -- and this provocative book will tell you who he really is! Travel back in time to view Santa's pagan origins -- and his fascinating connections to the Horned Shaman, the Greek God Pan, the Norse god Wodan, and Robin Hood. Learn how we are influenced by this ancient myth everyday. Based on ten years of extensive research.

Christmas Crafts
Description from Goodreads:
Grab your glitter and glue, and get ready for some frosty fun! Deck the halls with darling decorations. Make spirits bright with clever wrapping ideas. Find comfort and joy making holiday recipes. Best of all, create a sleigh full of sparkling, glimmering gifts!

Handknit Holidays
Description from Goodreads:
For many people, the best part of the winter holidays is the anticipation: planning the perfect gifts, decorating the house, looking forward to seeing family and friends. Holidays can be particularly special for knitters, whose preparations often start months in advance and involve their own creations. In "Handknit Holidays" best-selling knitting author Melanie Falick presents an eclectic collection of more than 50 original gifts, decorations, and clothing pieces for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the winter solstice, providing year-round inspiration for knitters of all levels.
Created by top knitwear designers, the projects include colorful ornaments; funky and classic Christmas stockings; a wire-and-bead menorah; sparkly ribbon scarves; a poncho and matching dog sweater; and a range of super-quick projects for that last-minute holiday rush, from a Santa hat, to elf caps, to flower pins. Rounding out the volume are a few grand projects-an Aran tree skirt, a patchwork afghan, a lace shawl-destined to become family heirlooms, plus features on such topics as the origin of the Christmas stocking, the meaning of the winter solstice, knitting for charities, strategies for finishing holiday knitting (on schedule!), and even a delicious recipe for festive crescent cookies.
Beautifully photographed by Susan Pittard, "Handknit Holidays" is a creative celebration of the holiday season and a treasure for all knitters who seek to bring more of their own handwork-and artistry-into their daily lives and their holiday festivities.
Vintage Christmas Crafts
Description from Goodreads:
Go back in time and add charm to the holidays with these four unique decorative crafting styles: Victorian Vintage, Shabby Chic, Country, and Personal Vintage. For each, you'll find directions for projects, ideas for decorating, and enticing pictures to inspire and evoke nostalgia. Craft cardboard villages just like Grandma used to. Make new ornaments look antique and aged, as if they were passed down through the generations. From a gathering of lighted tapes glowing on the floor, to red ribbons tied around the banister, to wreaths, Santa Claus figurines, and food heaped everywhere, each design is glorious.

Christmas All Through the House
Description from Goodreads:
Gooseberry Patch is famous for its 10-year series of Christmas books, and in "Christmas All Through the House," we've compiled the very best from those books into this collector's edition. In the largest Christmas book every published by Gooseberry Patch, readers will find the best of their reader-shared homespun ideas for food, fun, easy crafts, and gifts in one easy-to-use collection. The book's grand size and bountiful content put this all-in-one Christmas book in a league of its own.
You'll enjoy:
* Over 400 tried & true reader recipes for meals, desserts, snacks, drinks, and more, plus over 200 gifts from the heart--Gooseberry Patch style!
* Over 200 craft ideas that include patterns and step-by-step instructions entice you to stitch, glue, and paint to your heart's content.
* Over 400 see & do color photos and spiral binding make it easy to use.

We Knit You a Merry Christmas
Description from Goodreads:
Christmas is a time for sharing, and there's no better way to share the joy of the season than with hand-knitted gifts for friends and family! The 20 delightful patterns in We Knit You a Merry Christmas run the gamut from traditional characters such as angels, Father Christmas, and the Three Kings to knitted animals like kangaroos (“Hoppy Christmas”) and sheep (“Baa Humbug”), as well as quirkier items like chilies, mushrooms, and of course the famous Ha Pea.

Old-Fashioned Christmas Favorites
Description from Goodreads:
Nobody does Christmas like the folks at Gooseberry Patch, whose catalogs and books are beloved by families across America for bringing a "country store to your mailbox". Enjoy the festive warmth of the traditional homespun Noel, with the best-loved recipes, crafts, and memories Gooseberry Patch has to offer -- all gathered in one magnificent full-color volume.

A Swedish Christmas
Description from Goodreads:
Bake tasty festive treats, from savory breadsticks to delicious gingerbread men. Add Scandinavian flair to your home with cushions, wreaths and crocheted Santas. Decorate a Christmas tree the Swedish way, with frozen angels, knitted baubles, and icing snowflakes. Share the festive cheer with perfect gifts like cookie jars and cute caramel crackers. This wonderful book is packed with wonderful festive projects using all kinds of materials and techniques. Each project comes with simple, easy-to-follow instructions and beautiful photographs.

Welcome Home for the Holidays
Description from Goodreads:
You'll want to keep this holiday classic close at hand from the first falling leaf all the way through the year's end. Welcome Home for the Holidays Cookbook shares our favorite recipes like chicken-rosemary casserole and 14-layer (really!) chocolate cake. You'll also find clever ideas for gingerbread cookie bowls and handprint aprons, lots of family traditions, tips and, of course, memories. Just the gift for everyone on your list!