Books Can Help You Share, Craft, Bake, Decorate And Celebrate

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Christmas is just around the corner, but the economy is quite scary.

What does the average person do to make the best of this situation? Think back to a time that the holidays were less commercial — homemade gifts were special and cherished, and decorating the tree was a time-honored tradition.

Get-togethers with family and friends were the most important part of the ritual. Here are but a few of the books the Payson Public Library has to offer. Never doubt for a moment you can’t craft, share, bake, decorate, give and celebrate.

“101 Stocking Stuffers” by Oxmoor House — Hanging the stockings is a time-honored tradition. It matters not whether you had a fireplace with a mantel, a doorknob or a chair took its place. Here is a magical array of 101 stocking stuffers you can make. Something for everyone — great ideas for all who would treasure a handcrafted gift. Join in hours of crafting fun as you make tomorrow’s memories.

“Gifts That Taste Good” by Leisure Arts — Whatever the reason, whatever the season, receiving gifts is always fun. Brimming with delicious recipes, Gordon’s fresh breads, fruited cheesecake, happy hour snacks and much more, great ideas and crafts that will bring that loving, handmade touch to all your gift-giving.

“Christmas with Mary Engelbreit — Here Comes Santa Claus” — Trim a trellis? Bake a village? Saw a mouse? This is not your ordinary Christmas book.

You will find help to plan every holiday element, even write a letter to Santa Claus. Anyone can head to the store and buy a shirt or the latest electronic device. These are nice, but when you craft an object or bake cookies for someone, you are actually offering a bit of yourself. It’s not about money. It’s about giving. So come along, learn how to deck the halls, make a cookie. It’s a party, have a snow picnic. Invite all your family and friends, sing a Christmas carol or two.

“Christmas Together” by Carol Field Dahlstrom — Find time to create your Christmas dreams together — the process of making things together is the most fun of all.

Everyone will want to help decorate the tree with these fun-to-make ornaments and trims. The tree will be the centerpiece of your holiday decorating. From handmade scraps and knitted hats to beautifully beaded jewelry and lovely felted scarves, this book will give you ideas that will please everyone on your Christmas list. They’ll remember this holiday season as the best one ever when you gather together to celebrate.

Children’s Christmas Books

“Angelina’s Christmas” by Katharine Halabird

“Animals’ Christmas Carol” by Jerry Smath

“Arthur’s Christmas” by Marc Tolon Brown

“Antie Claus and the Key to Christmas” by Elise Primavera

“Bear Noel” by Oliver Danrea

DVDs

“Miracle on 34th Street”

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

“Dora the Explorer — Dora’s Christmas”

“The Christmas Carol”

“Polar Express”

“Santa Claus I and II”

Music

“Christmas at the Pops”

“Christmas Around the World” Andre’ Rieu

“Christmas Album II” Neil Diamond

“BBC Music Christmas Around Europe” and “Christmas Brass”

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