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Christmas USA by Mary D. Lankford

Christmas USA

by Mary D. Lankford

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CHRISTMAS USA is more than just a book of facts. Although the author has broken up the United States into several parts--Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes, Plains, Southwest, Mountain, and Pacific--this is a book perfect for children and adults alike, regardless of where in the USA you reside. Filled with such interesting facts as when Christmas trees became part of the US tradition, when Christmas was first declared a legal holiday, and which US President instituted an official tree in the White House, CHRISTMAS USA presents these facts in a fun, interesting way.

It's not just a book of facts, though. It's also filled with hands-on activities such as how to make a Christmas Journal, making your own Christmas cards, how to make cranberry or popcorn garland, easy directions for cookie Christmas tree ornaments, and creating a pomander and cascarones. It also includes some tasty, easy-to-follow recipes for aniseed cookies, nut crescents, and scripture cake, to name a few.

This is a great book to share with your children. Not only will they learn about different holiday customs and traditions around the US, but they'll be able to follow the easy instructions for the crafts and activities and, with adult supervision, might even be able to whip up some yummy holiday treats for the whole family! ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 10, 2009 |
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From the snow and mistletoe of New England to the festival lights of the Southwest, Christmas across the USA is celebrated with many rich and meaningful traditions. Whether it's foresting Christmas trees in Wisconsin, taking an elk sleigh ride in Wyoming, or decorating a gingerbread cottage in the White House, the nation's favorite holiday has something for everyone.

Here the creators of Christmas Around the World present a collection of American Christmas traditions and history that will fill your heart with the joy of the season. With fun facts, crafts, and recipes, they treat you to a nationwide Yuletide celebration and offer many tips and suggestions for creating heartwarming memories for your own family and friends.

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Pays homage to Christmas traditions and history throughout America, from snow and mistletoe in Vermont to the festival lights of the Southwest, with recipes and instructions for making Christmas decorations.

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