Originally published by Abrams in 1977, "Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book" is a holiday classic that has remained a best-selling family treasure for over thirty years. With more than 85 images from Norman Rockwell's archive of art, this fully redesigned edition brings a fresh, contemporary appeal to the original vintage volume. This holiday favorite features timeless art including children sleigh-riding, families caroling, and Santa preparing for his big night, in addition to 15 new images culled from Rockwell's extensive archive and eight ready-to-frame limited edition prints. Alongside these lush illustrations are Christmas poems and stories from beloved writers such as Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Hans Christian Andersen, and Lewis Carroll; as well as Christmas carol music and lyrics and Christmas dinner recipes from Fannie Merritt Farmer's 1896 cooking tome. Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book is the perfect present under the tree for Rockwell fans young and old.
The six volumes in the Penguin Christmas Classics are not only our most beloved Christmas tales, they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A Christmas Carol revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus created the origin story for the presiding spirit of Christmas as we know it. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. The Night Before Christmas brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And The Nutcracker inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.
Bestselling author and trusted storyteller Barbara Smith delves into the heartwarming but sometimes sinister stories at that time of year when people may encounter the specters of those who have passed on to the other side: A distraught young mans encounter with the spirit of his grandfather just before Christmas leads him to the career of his dreams Two sailors take refuge in an abandoned house in Londons affluent Berkeley Square on Christmas Eve; by the next morning, one has committed suicide and the other has been driven mad by the houses ghostly inhabitants On the day before Christmas Eve in 1998, security cameras in Leicesters Belgrave Hall capture the image of an elegant woman in Victorian dress; the Grey Lady is only one of several ghosts inhabiting this stately home Two travelers stranded in the Australian Outback are saved by the specter of a teenage boy who gives them a lift into town A young man disembarks a train in April 1998 and is taken to a sumptuous hotel where its Christmas 1946; he narrowly escapes death and awakes to find himself in the ruins of the burned-out hotel A young woman stranded with her baby in a snowbound cabin receives a visit from a kindly spirit who brings food, firewood and money. And so many more...
Christmas is looming. Will your mother-in-law present you with yet another hideous jersey this year? How are you going to cope with Granny's peke or the undesirable in-laws? Has the row about where to spend the holiday already started, and it's only August? Jilly Cooper has the answer to everything. Whether you should seek refuge in the cooking sherry or suggest a wholesome family walk, Jilly offers, in her own irrepressible style, sound but often hilarious advice about how to get through the roller-coaster ride we call Christmas. With the help of the perfect Christmas family - Scarlett O'Aga, the Xmasochistic housewife, her wayward husband Noel, his seductive mistress Ms Stress, their four delightful children Holly, Robin, Carol and Nicholas, and their dog Difficult Patch, we learn how to survive this most demanding of occasions.
An absorbing novel about family, love and friendship from the bestselling author of Last Christmas. With four children, a Christmas cookbook to write, and her mum suffering from dementia, Cat Tinsall has plenty to juggle. When her eldest daughter, Mel, starts going off the rails, Cat has even more on her plate. Pippa Holliday adores her family, although often finds her hands full. When Dan is involved in a terrible accident, Pippa's world is suddenly turned upside down. Balancing her job as a school teacher with twins and her step-son Steven isn't easy for Marianne North. With her husband's ex causing trouble, life is getting even trickier. As Cat, Pippa and Marianne help each other through a difficult year, they're all hoping for a much brighter Christmas.
In this festive pop-up book, the Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Grahame Baker-Smith exquisitely illustrates each scene in the favourite Christmas carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The book is presented in a beautiful slipcase. The perfect Christmas gift or stocking-filler.
A classic coming-of-age novel from the perennially influential author of novels such as A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol. When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal. Retold by Elizabeth Walker.
Features 25 adorable projects, including angels, snowmen, reindeer and other yuletide favorites. - Covers a variety of cute Christmas characters that will appeal to friends and family of all ages. - Every project is hand-sewn and comes complete with easy-to-follow instructions and templates. - Includes detailed information on techniques and patterns for making the projects' distinctive clothes and faces. With this charming collection of easy step-by-step projects, crafters can choose from more than two dozen loveable characters in rich, sumptuous shades that are ready for Christmas. Readers will find traditional Christmas characters like angels and snowmen as well as novelties like appliqu? penguins, mice, and advent calendars. All of the projects use widely available fabrics and actual-size templates. Crafting Christmas Gifts also includes instructions for delightfully simple Christmas cards, hearts, tree decorations and gift bags.
Christmas normally descends on Lake Eden, Minnesota, as gently as reindeer alighting on a rooftop--but this yuletide season the only thing coming down Hannah Swensen's chimney is a case of murder . . .The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town's annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say "Bah, humbug!" a Santa-sized sackful of trouble ensues. Like the fact that Lisa's husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates' Mrs. Claus. Or that before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow--wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list. Soon after the suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, while a merry murderer remains on the loose. With clues even harder to find, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays . . .
I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old familiar carols play/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/Of peace on earth, good-will to men!In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow's classic Revolutionary War poem, "Paul Revere's Ride," was less than a month hence, and the country's grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia's music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children's choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow's family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow's patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. "Christmas Bells," the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.
The ultimate Bake Off Christmas collection with all of Paul Hollywood’s and Mary Berry’s Christmas masterclass recipes. Also includes new bakes from all four winners, Edd Kimber, Jo Wheatley, John Whaite and Frances Quinn, plus other wonderful Bake Off contestants. Whip up tempting Christmas nibbles like Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon, or Parmesan Palmiers, perfect for a party. Spice up your home – and get the kids involved too – with Stained Glass Tree Biscuits and a Raspberry and Cinnamon Christmas Wreath. For the main event, there is plenty of inspiration for tempting party nibbles or a festive feast, like Baked Christmas Ham or a Venison Pie – and ingenious ideas for how to make the most of all those leftovers. Each chapter also includes spectacular recipes from Bake Off contestants, and Mary and Paul reveal the secrets to those classic Christmas dishes – whether it’s Paul’s perfect mince pies or Mary’s ultimate Christmas pudding. Packed with everything from edible decorations and delicious gifts to party dishes and showstopping centrepieces, this book is the perfect Christmas companion.
That idiom is supposed to evoke an image of delight, happiness and nothing going wrong, but the British Christmas doesn’t always turn out that way. Yes, sometimes all the gifts are perfect, everyone’s on great form and no one chokes on a mince pie. But on other occasions you’ll fall through a glass cabinet or set your cardigan on fire.A Very British Christmas pays tribute to all the peculiar ways we choose to celebrate; it tells stories of our propensity to behave badly, our uselessness under pressure and our unquenchable joie de vivre. Join us as we salute cultural icons, dissect national customs and hear from people who’ve eaten all the turkey and lived to tell the tale.Tidings of discomfort, tidings of joy.
Sealed With A Kiss Celeste O. Norfleet Small-town bad boy Dean Everett has made good in the tech world and now struggling Hayden, Georgia, is ready to welcome him home-along with his corporate headquarters. But Carmen Stiles is less than happy to see him. Dean had no idea he broke her heart when he left town after high school. Now he plans to make up for it-and as old friendship stirs new passion, Carmen just might let him-until she suspects he has no intention of really making things right for Hayden, or for her...Mistletoe Lane Regina Hart Benjamin Brooks's marriage ended when he learned his wife was having an affair-with his boss. Now he's returned to his hometown of Trinity Falls to start a new job-and ignore Christmas. Too bad his new employee, June Cale, won't let him. June knows all about bitterness, and she's determined to help Ben heal-through embracing the holidays. And soon he just might find himself embracing brave and beautiful June as well... His Christmas Present Deborah Fletcher Mello Bianca Torres is already dreading Christmas with her parents in tiny Boone, North Carolina, complete with cookie baking and carol singing. But she's not at all prepared for her father's golf buddy, the sexy, successful, holiday loving, aptly named Ethan Christmas. And when she and Ethan find themselves snowbound in a mountain cabin, Bianca discovers a whole new appreciation for the season...