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Christmas Family Gatherings: Recipes and Ideas for Celebrating With People You Love is a festive inspiration. Part cookbook, part party planner, part crafty idea book, this is the complete guide to making Christmas special for all ages. Beautifully illustrated with color photography, this handsome volume helps busy families recapture the simple pleasures of the season.

This book is by Donata Maggipinto and France Ruffenach. Maggipinto, an expert in the art of entertaining, reinvents familiar traditions and adds her own fabulous touches to everything from sweet and savory holiday dishes to festive table decorations, ingenious gifts, and so much more.

A former lifestyle contributor for NBC’s Today Show, Maggipinto is also the author of Real-Life Entertaining and Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family. Her easy party plans each include complete menus, ideas for decorations, and heartfelt tips for making the most of time spent with family and friends.

For example,the chapter “White Christmas Eve Dinner” features a holiday meal with all the fixings on a table set with a miniature village in faux snow. “The Old-Fashioned Christmas Breakfast” brings the family together over Gingerbread Shakes. “The Gift Wrapping Get-Together” is a delicious way to sneak in time with girlfriends while crossing a holiday chore off the list.

The modern-day guide to timeless good cheer, Christmas Family Gatherings helps make the holidays the way they were meant to be: magical.
The book features an impromptu supper for six close friends, Thanksgiving for the extended family,  a weekday after-work dinner for colleagues. If orchestrating events like these seems at odds with your hectic lifestyle, if the challenge of getting food on the table and presenting it with style makes you want to reach for the takeout menu, take heart–help is at hand.

Packed with satisfying crafts that are fun to make and give, this handbook to the holiday season also includes family-friendly activities perfect for winter afternoons. The modern-day guide to timeless good cheer, Christmas Family Gatherings helps make the holidays the way they were meant to be–magical.

This book is available online.

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