Better Homes & Gardens
Treasury of Christmas Crafts & Foods
Submitter: This is one tacky Christmas book from 1980. Yes, it has the “Better Homes and Gardens” cred, but open it up….yikes. 382 pages of a whole lot of needlepoint, quilting, homemade crap (er, crafts) and the gaudiest tablescapes that would horrify even Sandra Lee. The “Beautiful Creche Figures” will give you nightmares. Check out the face of the little boy who is sitting among the plush dinosaurs- priceless!
Holly: Okay, I usually am the designated Scrooge, but I think even the most enthusiastic crafter would probably have issues living in this insane Christmas world. Check out the mother daughter tea party.
Mary: The needlepoint Holy Family is just plain scary. (At least I think that is the Holy Family…)
Holidays and Festivals: New Year
Anonymous Submitter: “Every single picture in this book is better than the cover picture. Worse yet, there is no mention of clown skiing anywhere in the text. Everyone at work let out a little sound of terror when viewing the clowns. I had to turn the cover upside down to write this email.”
Holly: Mary, avert your eyes. (She has a bit of a clown phobia. Her new co-worker left a severed clown head on her desk recently, which I LOVE!) What do these clowns have to do with New Year? What if someone new to the U.S. picked up this book to find out how Americans celebrate the New Year, and then showed up to a party decked out like a clown?