Sunday, December 18, 2011

5 books with umpteen ideas for celebrating Christmas

List by Tosca

For the first time in forever, our family will be celebrating Christmas in two different places. Five of us - myself, two siblings, one brother-in-law and Mr. 1 will be staying in Auckland. Everyone else - two sisters, one brother, one brother-in-law, one sister-in-law, five nephews and one niece - will be spending it with the parents in Taipa. From what I can gather, the plan is to have lunch either at Taipa riverside, across the road from the house, or at Taipa seaside, five minutes walk from the house. Assuming the weather is good enough. Looking out the window today I find it hard to envision a hot, sunny Christmas day. Were I a beach-type person I would be envious, but I've seen Jaws, it wasn't pretty. Images of chewed up body parts and boats has stayed with me through to today. Although a teeny, tiny part of me is a tad bit envious that they might be eating fresh fish, or gathering pipi and mussels :( I wish them well, however the day turns out. As for the rest of us, we're not quite sure how we're spending the day, where we'll be spending it, or even if we're putting up the tree. What are we, 7 days out and we still haven't decided that much? Eek. To give us a few ideas, or at least kickstart some, I've rounded up a few books, five of which make up today's 12 posts of Christmas list. Most of you probably already know what you're doing to celebrate because, no doubt, you're much more organised than we are. For those of you still unsure, I hope some of these books can help :) And if you can think of any to recommend - ideas or books - feel free to leave them as a comment!

More ideas for celebrating Christmas:
  • Christmas cooking
  • Christmas decorations
  • Christmas gifts

  • So, how are YOU celebrating Christmas?

    Merry & bright : 125 festive ideas for celebrating Christmas / from the editors of Country Living
    Make this Christmas season "Merry & Bright" with this delightful volume from the editors of "Country Living." Every page is breathtaking, with over 301 enchanting ideas for celebrating the most wonderful time of the year, including fabulous tree-toppers and exceptional ornaments from paper dolls to leather baby shoes. Wreaths and garlands adorn bed frames, doorknobs, and even hang from chandeliers. There are mantelpiece and tabletop displays with a contingent of Santa figurines, dazzling table and buffet settings, special recipes such as chocolate snowflakes, and even some simple crafts--including a silvery cone of jingle bells embellished with a beautifully tied bow.

    Christmas cupcakes / Annie Rigg ; photography by Kate Whitaker
    With more than 25 easy-to-follow recipes for delicious and imaginative Christmas cupcakes, this title includes gingerbread cupcakes, which may fill the house with the warming, spiced smells of Christmas. It also features imaginative ideas, such as little cakes topped with miniature gifts or 'glass' stars.

    I'm dreaming of a green Christmas : gifts, decorations, and recipes that use less and mean more / by Anna Getty ; photographs by Ron Hamad
    Advises on how to best choose a tree (real or fake?), mitigate the negative effects of necessary travel, organize and recycle post-holiday, and more. This title presents holiday craft projects and ideas for: pinecone wreaths; recycled sweater pillows; and, organic appetizers. This holiday season, Getty--environmental advocate, writer, television personality, mother, and chef--helps families reduce their carbon footprint and save money without sacrificing style or tradition. 60 color photographs.

    Victoria, 500 Christmas ideas : celebrate the season in splendor / Kimberly Meisner
    Have a Christmas to remember with these fabulous suggestions for decorating, baking, wrapping, and all things holiday! Brimming with beautiful color photographs, Victoria 500 Christmas Ideas provides the inspiration and instruction needed to surround yourself and your family with the beauty of the season. Create a winter wonderland in your front yard or an intimate table setting that sparkles. Bake delicious cookies good enough to leave for Santa himself. Load the Christmas tree with lovely decorations and uniquely wrapped gifts boxes. Display a handmade wreath on the door to welcome your guests. Many projects take only moments, while others need a little more time and attention. Either way, Victoria will bring the best of Christmas to your home.

    Christmas gifts of good taste / Julie Gunter
    With more gift-giving ideas and recipes than ever before, these 200 recipes and craft projects give readers the inspiration and know-how to share the taste of love for the holidays. Simple, delicious, and fun to give, each project has careful descriptions and beautiful photographs to show the stages of construction and final details.

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    The way people learn and enjoy and retain knowledge is with a tactile object. So many people are visual that when they remember a favorite story or a favorite moment, they can actually picture that page, that picture, the feel of the paper, the font— it's a piece of art. Books are a piece of art and they're never going away. They're always going to be amazing gifts and amazing friends. They are so great to share and reuse.