Christmas by Hand

For some people, the best part of the Christmas season is the decorating that goes along with it.

If that is true for you, then you will not be disappointed in Treasures for the Christmas Tree.  Something about this book speaks to the true meaning of Christmas. It has simple but beautiful ideas for creating gifts and decorations using natural found materials. Even if you have no intention of doing any kind of crafting for the holiday, you might check it out just for the fascinating facts sprinkled throughout the book on the origin of the Christmas tree in various cultures as well as other interesting seasonal facts.

Decorating for Christmas takes a thematic approach to decorating and craft projects for the season.  The first chapter offers something I have never seen in a Christmas book before: step-by-step instructions on how to decorate the tree!

  1. Get tree
  2. Hang lights
  3. Drape garland
  4. Add bows (this should be optional)
  5. Put on ornaments.

If you like giving handmade Christmas gifts, you will want to check out Leisure Arts Presents The Spirit of Christmas. It offers great ideas for making Christmas decorations, especially for those who are handy with a needle and thread.

Christmas is not complete unless you have at least one decoration made from a paper plate. The Ultimate Ornament Book features simpler country-themed decorations like the classic paper plate Santa and clothespin snowmen.

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