PUBLISHER, COPYRIGHT INFO: Reader's Digest, 1984, first edition
DESCRIPTION: Oversize hardcover with dust jacket, 8 3/4" x 11 1/4", 304 pp.
BLURB/FLYLEAF: Since that very first Christmas in Bethlehem almost 2000 years ago, Christmas has been a family-oriented holiday. All its most enduring traditions, its handmade gifts, its special dinners and cookies, its stories and heartfelt prayers are best when shared with young and old, kith and kin. Here's a book for your family for Christmas - may it be a time filled to overflowing with joy and love.
* The Customs of Christmas - Decorating a pine tree, sending Christmas cards, filling stockings - these are some special ways in which Christmas is celebrated. Following an introduction by Jessamyn West, the first part of this book goes on to describe our many charming customs, giving history and lore, and is illustrated with pictures, which are guaranteed to delight the eye and warm the heart.
* The Crafts of Christmas - Along with the history and lore of seven different Christmas customs are one or two make-it-yourself projects for each, like a handsome pinecone wreath. Complete instructions and detailed diagrams will show you and your family how to create handmade gifts and decorations to treasure.
* Christmas in the Kitchen - Roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, stuffed Cornish game hens, venison with game sauce, country ham and roast turkey - these are the centerpieces of four magnificent dinners created by James Beard, presented with complete recipes. And there's more - eighteen all-time favorite cookie recipes plus complete instructions for a dazzling and delicious gingerbread house.
* The Literature of Christmas - Whether you read them quietly to yourself or aloud to little children at bedtime, the many stories, poems, and prayers in this section will add to the pleasures of the season. Featured are a condensation of Miracle on 34th Street, the delightful adventures of Eloise at Christmastime, and a small but exquisite collection of Christmas prayers to make the spirit soar.
CONDITION BOOK: Very Good+, with tight and square binding, clean and bright pages.
CONDITION DUST JACKET: Very Good, with overall shelf wear, rubbing/scuffing, a few small rips/chips.