Christmas in your home

Christmas is approaching and we have selected books that we hope will help you to achieve a memorable festive season. Whether your decorating your home, your garden or cooking for your guests, we have everything you need to spend a great Christmas at home.

Syndetics book coverHandmade Christmas : over fifty gorgeous projects to craft your own Christmas.
“Packed with budget-friendly ideas and creative ways to make your Christmas truly special, this collection of delightful projects has everything you’ll need to celebrate Christmas in style. With over 40 projects, Handmade Christmas has plenty for beginners, as well as more elaborate designs for experienced crafters. The book contains stunning photographs, templates and step-by-step instructions for beautiful handmade details, including gorgeous cards, quirky gifts, delicious baked goods and vintage-inspired decorations. All of the projects are easily adapted to suit your own distinctive style to add a personal touch to Christmas”. (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCandlelit Christmas : decorating with candles for the holiday season / John Terrell Fry ; photographs by Nancy Nolan.
“As Fry proved in his first book, “The Candlelit Home,” there is no more stylish, effective, and inexpensive way to transform a home’s atmosphere than with the judicious use of candles. This book illuminates easy, inexpensive, and dramatic ways to change the mood with candles.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDecorate for the Christmas season / the editors of House beautiful magazine ; text by Sally Clark.
“Here are all of the magazine’s very best, most creative ideas, all gathered in one elegant, lushly illustrated volume, rich with imaginative plans for decorating during this most festive season. Christmas angels nestle in yards of pleated silk ribbon, and holly and ivy brighten mantels. Dozens of wonderful trees and unique ornaments, as well as beautiful ideas for wrapping gifts, bring the Christmas spirit to life.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVintage Christmas crafts / Sara Toliver.
“Presented here are four unique ways to go back in time and add charm to the holidays: Victorian Vintage, Shabby Chic, Country Style, and Personal Vintage. For each, you’ll find directions for projects, ideas for decorating, and enticing pictures to inspire and evoke nostalgia. Craft cardboard villages just like Grandma used to. Make new ornaments look antique and aged, as if they were passed down through the generations. From a gathering of lighted tapes glowing on the floor, to red ribbons tied around the banister, to wreaths, Santa Claus figurines, and food heaped everywhere, each design is glorious.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlanet Christmas : the world’s most extreme Christmas decorations / Chuck Smith.
“No one can resist smiling at these houses a-dazzle with twinkling lights and decked with flying reindeer, jolly snowmen, inflatable Santas, plastic sleighs–and every other sign that hearts are overflowing with Christmas cheer. It’s become a holiday tradition around the globe to drive through the neighborhood to look at these extravagantly decorated homes. “Planet Christmas” offers a world tour of the best and the brightest, from Auckland, New Zealand, where the Ballentine family pumps clouds of artificial snow off their balcony, to Peters Township, PA, where sightseers view Santa and Mrs. Claus presiding over a Santa’s Workshop 50 yards wide.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHave yourself a very vintage Christmas : crafts, decorating tips, and recipes, 1920s-1960s / Susan Waggoner ; photographs by Jeff Elkins.
“Susan Waggoner, author of STC’s successful “It’s a Wonderful Christmas”, “Under the Tree”, and “Christmas Memories” is back again with another instalment of nostalgic art and engaging text about the wonders of the Christmas season in years gone by. “Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas” is a natural follow-on and will appeal to buyers of the previous books as it is loaded with advice and how to information designed to help readers get the look for every decade from the 1920s through to the 1960s. Waggoner takes this book one step further by combining decorating ideas and inspiration with delightful nostalgia and the crafts projects readers have been craving. The book will include decorating ideas and projects from vintage magazines, crafts projects and step-by-step instructions to re-create some of the most popular items from each decade, recipes for homemade treats like walnut fudge, divinity, and butter mints, and of course the popular first person recollections of the way Christmas really looked from the 20s to the 60s.” (Summary from

Syndetics book coverGluten-free and vegan holidays : celebrating the year with simple, satisfying recipes and menus / Jennifer Katzinger.
“Entertaining friends and family can be a challenge when youre vegan and gluten-free. It can be even trickier when youre not, but a family member or close friend is. So what do you do when you want to prepare a gluten-free and vegan holiday dinner for eight? Turn to Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays for help! Jennifer Katzinger, author of the popular Flying Aprons Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book makes celebrating the holidays simple and stylish with seventy delicious, satisfying recipes for our most cherished holidays. Here youll find both sweet and savoury gluten-free and vegan menus for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, for a romantic Valentines Day dinner for two, for springtime Easter and Passover celebrations and many more. Whether youre gluten-free and vegan or not, youll please the ones you love with these simple yet sophisticated and pleasing menus.” (Summary from