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Christmas Decorating & Crafts    by Stephanie Amodio, Snez Ferenac & Rosa Poulin order for
Christmas Decorating & Crafts
by Stephanie Amodio
Order:  USA  Can
Lone Pine, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

The creators of this beautifully photographed book say, 'Christmas is a magical time of the year when we invite family and friends into our home to celebrate the season. Decorating the home is very personal - and with the abundance of holiday crafts, trees, ornaments, fabrics and colors available to us, it can be difficult and somewhat overwhelming to know where to begin'. Here's where the authors step in to offer suggestions.

If you'd like to create an Elegant Christmas this year, some of their ideas include floating candles, wall hanging, theme trees and even suggestions on how to turn your bathroom into a festive sanctuary. For those more inclined toward a Casual & Fun Christmas, see how you can spiff up the fireplace with personalized stockings, how to throw together a casual card night for friends, or how to make a Christmas arrangement using frozen cranberries and blueberries. More into a Rustic Christmas this year? Then why not use natural or handmade products to add country charm to the holidays? If your celebration is all about a Kid's Christmas, there's plenty to inspire here as well. See how easy it is to get children involved making ornaments out of felt, clothespins, beads and pipe cleaners. How about a gingerbread house? Or an abundance of swirly painted balls? You can even have kids make their own advent calendar so they can count down the days until Santa arrives!

Christmas Decorating & Crafts is an inspiring holiday treat that also includes a How To section with detailed instructions on making some of the crafts shown - like wooden reindeer, gift tags, painted glass ball ornaments or bead garlands. It will give you and your family hours of fun and some brand new Christmas memories to tuck away for next year.

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