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Better Homes and Gardens Best of Christmas Ideas book review

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Better Homes and Gardens Best of Christmas Ideas book

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BHG Best of Christmas Ideas

This all-new 2013 edition of the Best of Christmas Ideas from Better Homes and Gardens opens with the holiday home exemplars—from family traditional décor to festive whimsy it provides a peek into houses filled with holiday cheer.

For the first look, there is a primitive country home with a charming red velvet adorned tree filled with ample flocked boughs in a red-and-white checked and plaid theme against lots of white furnishings. A red berry wreath hung on aged chicken coop doors is seen and we love the best and most darling idea: retro Christmas aprons, spray-starched and hung in kitchen windows as café curtains. Also, on page 13 is a Christmas quilt hung off the ceiling. Nice.

" ...retro Christmas aprons, spray-starched and hung in kitchen windows ..."

White Christmas starting on page 14 has a gorgeous white, heavily-flocked tree and for the purists, an almost entirely white décor. The floral displays on the dining room buffet, page 19, is worth noting.

For the family that chooses unconventional color, you’ll relish the apricot accents, with blue ribbon against the traditional yule tide tree.

You will also love a clever idea—a new tradition, perhaps?—of stuffing the children’s boots and shoes with chocolate and small toys (page 39).

Page 50 has a pictorial of eleven ways to create seasonal sparkle and some wonderful touches using old gemstone jewelry. As is with all BHG holiday books, instead of guesswork, you’ll find actual templates and examples of holiday icons to enlarge and copy.

If you’re thinking of live plants for the holidays, check out the amaryllis ideas and sugared fruit on page 67. Look too, at the wreathes on pages 100 to 106.

There are lots of holiday ideas, tips and patterns to explore in the BHG Best of Christmas Ideas; and recipes galore starting on page 118. Oh yes, don’t fail to check out the $150 holiday party—we love parties on a budget because you’re more likely to share the holidays with family and friends. This is a good buy for holiday inspiration.

Better Homes and Gardens Best of Christmas Ideas. an imprint of HMH, 2013. Retails for $16.99

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