Clever ideas for holiday crafts are always welcome at this time of year. Gingerbread houses are now made for competitions, with all sorts of edible goodies being fair game as construction materials. Gunter's houses and other buildings, including an igloo, all have a baked gingerbread base with step-by-step instructions for adding candy, icing, pretzels, etc. Enlargeable templates for baked pieces are included.Continuing the Christmas feeling, 300 Ways is a collection of crafts, songs, and recipes from nine of Sterling's previous titles, including Christmas Naturals and A Crafter's Book of Santas. The contents are similar to Natasha Tabori Fried and Lena Tabori's The Christmas Almanac and include wreaths and more gingerbread buildings. Both books are good for Christmas crafts collections needing new material. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Stories to inspire, crafts to decorate the home, gingerbread houses of all sorts to bake, and drinks to bring cheer to all who come by: these are just some of the ways to make Christmas very, very merry, and more than 500 of them are beautifully collected right here. How will you celebrate? Perhaps the traditional American style seems most appealing: then make a Tole Painted Nativity, whip up some delicious Hot Buttered Rum, and read “The Night Before Christmas” aloud. For a classic Victorian holiday, sing “Deck the Halls,” place a charming Violin and Cherub wreath on the door, and sip some mulled wine. Or choose the Country, Southwestern (a little salsa verde, anyone?), International, or fun-filled Not-Quite-Grown-Up style.