“Christmas at Historic Houses” is a lively celebration of classic architecture in full Christmas regalia. “Historic Houses” illustrates and shares brief histories and background information on dozens of noteworthy historical American houses, including magnificent estates like the Biltmore, Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon to the somewhat small (by comparison) 27-room Wade House in central Wisconsin.
Packed with more than 400 color photos of holiday splendor, this book is enough to get anyone in the holiday spirit and inspire both the novice and the accomplished decorator.
“Christmas at Historic Houses” closes with a full, detailed list of the gift shops at the historic houses, so visitors can take their inspiration home. Even virtual visitors can shop at the museums' online stores.
‘Christmas at Historic Houses’ by Patricia Hart McMillan and Katharine Kaye McMillan, Hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN 978-0-7643-3559-4, Schiffer Publishing, 2010, 610-593-1777, firstname.lastname@example.org. $45.
You may also be interested in Christmas Traditions: True Stories That Celebrate The Spirit of Christmas
Grandma's heirloom ornaments. The family carol singalong. Aunt Millie's fruitcake. We all have our special holiday traditions we practice year in and year out. This book not only embraces these old standbys, but also explores unique rituals celebrated the world over. This heartwarming collection evokes the memories of Christmas past with such stories as:
* Holly Berry Dreams, in which a young girl hangs holly leaves above the doorway as a sign of better times to come while waiting for her father to return from war
* PJ Presents, featuring a single mom who enlists her neighbor to leave new pajamas on the front porch every Christmas Eve to surprise her children
Helen Szymanski (Milan, MI) has more than 25 years of experience in the publishing field. Over the years, she's worn many hats, including that of a newspaper reporter and editor, photojournalist, columnist, anthologist, book author, website writer, ghostwriter, book editor, screenwriter, and movie and book reviewer. She is the editor of Classic Christmas and Christmas Through a Child's Eyes.