Christmas is a truly wonderful and magical time of year. Unfortunately, the demands of everyday life can make it challenging to get into the holiday spirit at times. If you need a little extra inspiration to create holiday traditions your family will always cherish, be sure to check out “An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home,” by Ellen Stimson.
When you first open the pages of “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” you can’t help but notice the author’s authentic love for this special time of year. It shines through as she shares entertaining stories of her family’s treasured holiday traditions, along with captivating full-color photos of their favorite ornaments and Vermont’s snowy landscapes.
What makes this book so magical, however, is how the author manages to inspire you to create your own special family traditions based on delicious home-cooked meals. Inside the pages of “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” you are sure to find lots of new holiday favorites among its intriguing collection of recipes, which includes Guinness stew, coffee-encrusted skirt steak, maple pecan cookies, and chocolate-covered bacon.
“An Old-Fashioned Christmas” isn’t simply a compilation of delicious holiday recipes, however. Instead, it is a highly entertaining collection of engaging stories, charming photographs, and wonderful recipes that are sorted into 11 distinct chapters, with titles ranging from “Christmas Adventure” and “Fa-La-La-ing,” to “Keeping Christmas” and “Furry Christmas” (which offers a fun assortment of recipes for your four-legged family members). No matter what type of holiday entertaining you’ll be doing this year, you’re sure to find plenty of creative inspiration within its pages.
Although “An Old-Fashioned Christmas: Sweet Traditions for Hearth and Home” is available in both hardcover and digital format, do yourself a favor and splurge on the hardcover version in this case. This book is too beautiful to only view on your phone or tablet. With its lovely photographs and great stories, it is sure to become a much-loved addition to your coffee table during the holiday season for years to come. In fact, you may want to order an extra copy or two, because this book would make a great gift, as well.
So, does “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” deserve a spot on your bookshelf or coffee table? If you love the holidays or wish to recapture the magic Christmas once held for you, the answer is a definitive “yes.” But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at what verified buyers on Amazon.com have to say about their purchase before you decide if this book is right for you.
As a quick summary, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” has earned an impressive 4.7 (out of 5.0 possible) stars from those who bought and reviewed it. In fact, 97% of those who reviewed this book gave it a four or five-star review. What’s even more interesting is that the ONLY 3-star review (as of this writing) states “All in all, I cannot say too many good things about this book or recommend it too highly.” One has to wonder if the reviewer actually meant to give it only 3 stars after reading the entire review.
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By the way, you may also want to take a look at “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays.” As with “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” this volume also includes many tried-and-true recipes brought to life with beautiful images. As an added bonus, this collection features many delicious recipes and ideas to help you celebrate holidays throughout the year.
Would love to hear what you think about these titles. Let me know in the comments below. In the meantime – Happy Holiday Cooking!