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Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids
By Jessica Strand

From paper snowflakes and beeswax menorah candles to a hanging felt tree advent calendar, New Years paper poppers, popcorn garland, and even a paper Kwanza goodie basket, the 25 projects in Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids cover the full spectrum of winter holidays. There’s a sweetness and simplicity about these projects that hark back to an earlier time. Jessica Strand had her 10-year-old son, Lucian, help pick out the projects, his favorites being those that include candy. With easy step-by-step instructions and lots of included templates, this book is perfect for families with children who want to spend a festive afternoon at the craft table.
Now for the Giveaway:
We want to hear from you! Let us know your favorite childhood holiday memory in our comments section below. Make sure you do this from the CRAFT site and not from Facebook. We will randomly select 5 winners.
Prizes:
4 Runner-Up winners will receive a copy of Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids.
1 Grand Prize winner will receive a copy of Holiday Crafting & Baking with Kids AND a holiday gift basket from Chronicle Books.
Deadline: Next Wednesday, December 14th, at 2:00 PM (PST) / 5:00 PM (EST). We will then announce the winners the following week.


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  1. Erin says:

    Trying to catch our parents in the act of putting out presents and stockings that came from Santa.

  2. Joy says:

    My mother used to make a piñata every year. It was always even more fun than our big gifts.

  3. maria says:

    My favorite memory is when my grandpa baked pies and let me help.

  4. Mel says:

    My favorite memory is making Christmas cookies with my mom. She made the best cookies ever. I had a great time helping with the baking and decorating. Getting to eat the dough and icing along the way was always great too.

  5. Estrella Azul says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories from around Christmas time are the ones when my mom or grandparents and I would bake all sorts of yummy treats and cook dinner. I had my own little apron and everything, and loved loved loved to cut the cookies into the different shapes :)

  6. Sally says:

    My best memory of Christmas Crafts was making candles with my Grandmother. You need a pie tin, melted candle wax, and a taper candle. Stand the taper up in the pie tin using some melted wax to adhere then pour the melted wax in the pie tin and plung the tin into a deep sink or bathtub of cold water. The wax flows up in fanciful designs.

  7. Holly West says:

    We used to have this short lived ceramic store in our local mall that is also no longer. I remember it like it was yesterday, painting ornaments with my mom and spraying with this antiquing spray (I still remember that smell). I hung those ornaments yesterday, along with many other handmade and vintage small toys I made into ornaments. I lost my mom in Feb of 2009 so holidays are always hard, we loved holiday crafts and baking.

  8. Holly West says:

    We used to have this short lived ceramic store in our local mall that is also no longer. I remember it like it was yesterday, painting ornaments with my mom and spraying with this antiquing spray (I still loved that smell). I hung those ornaments yesterday, along with many other handmade and vintage small toys I made into ornaments. I lost my mom in Feb of 2009 so holidays are always hard, we loved holiday crafts and baking.

  9. Kristin C. says:

    making “gingerbread” houses out of graham crackers and canned frosting:) I still have never actually used gingerbread!

  10. Wendy Tregay says:

    We had this little light-up Santa that we had outside. When we got older, my mom wanted to get rid of it. I was appalled. My Dad told her some story about how he couldn’t hook up the rest of the Christmas lights without it. I don’t think she believed him, but she let Santa stay. I now have him, faded paint and all. He’ll be gracing our front steps soon.

  11. Wendy Tregay says:

    We had this little light-up Santa that we had outside. When we got older, my mom wanted to get rid of it. I was appalled. My Dad told her some story about how he couldn’t hook up the rest of the Christmas lights without it. I don’t think she believed him, but she let Santa stay. I now have him, faded paint and all. He’ll be gracing our front steps soon.

  12. Mia says:

    Laying in bed on Christmas Eve too excited to fall asleep.

  13. Christa says:

    My favorite holiday memories are of decorating the Christmas tree. We listen to Christmas music, which I also love, and it is a joyful time. We pick a new ornament to add each year so decorating the tree means we also get to remember Christmases past.

  14. Bonney says:

    My Mom NEVER made Christmas cookies so my favorite memory was when neighbors bestowed their homemade baked goods on us. One neighbor made the best sugar cookies, so thin and buttery. Another neighbor always disappointed me with her horrible fruitcake. It smelled like rum and I don’t think I ever tasted it but I’d love to try it now!

  15. laura says:

    Making tamales with my mother.

  16. laura says:

    making tamales with my mom.

  17. Betsy says:

    My favorite holiday memory isn’t my proudest moment. When I was 11, I unwrapped ALL the gifts to peek at gifts and then re-wrapped them. I totally got caught and am given such a hard time about it to this day!

  18. Aggie says:

    My favorite childhood memory of Christmas is the year we went to my Uncle’s house in Wisconsin. On Christmas morning there were presents stacked wall to wall half way across the room about 3 feet high. Now there were 8 kids in the house but still walking into a room filled with gifts…well let’s just say there were some pretty excited kids that morning.

  19. Andie d says:

    Swearing that I saw Santa peeking in my windows. I maintain it to this day!

  20. Meghan Thimjon says:

    My favorite holiday memory is celebrating it with my grandparents and our huge family in Chicago, hoping for a white Christmas and hanging the 20+stockings over the fireplace! Such fond memories!!! Miss my grandparents all the time!

  21. Meghan Thimjon says:

    My favorite memory is spending the Christmas holidays in Chicago with my huge family! Always hoping for a white Christmas and hanging the 20+ socks over the fire!!!

  22. Mary Richards says:

    My favorite memory was the year my family moved to Brazil for my dad’s job. We couldn’t find a real pine tree, and our fake tree was stuck in customs when Christmas came. So my mom made a huge green paper tree complete with paper decorations and paper bag “stockings” so Santa would have something to fill.

  23. Mary R says:

    My favorite memory was the year my family moved to Brazil for my dad’s job. We couldn’t find a real pine tree, and our fake tree was stuck in customs when Christmas came. So my mom made a huge green paper tree complete with paper decorations and paper bag “stockings” so Santa would have something to fill.

  24. tk says:

    I remember helping my dad cook Christmas dinner. Usually a great big roasted duck.

  25. Shannon O. says:

    I always had a great time unwrapping special ornaments to decorate the tree.

  26. eiko says:

    making snowflakes by folding and cutting paper.

  27. eiko says:

    making paper snowflakes.

  28. Sophie says:

    My favourite memory is of making cocoa and rum truffles for my dad. I have made them every year since I was 4! Having them resting in the fridge and a batch of mince pies in the oven means Christmas is really just around the corner.

  29. Sophie says:

    My favourite Christmas memory is of making rum & cocoa truffles for my dad – I’ve made them every year for the past 30 years. The one year I suggested trying something different his face fell and he looked so disappointed that I’ve never changed the tradition. Seeing them resting in the fridge, with a batch of mince pies in the oven, really means Christmas is on its way.

  30. Becky says:

    My favourite holiday memoury is when in elementary school when the entire class would have to drop candies/cards into everyone’s Valentine’s baggies, so when you looked through the bag, you felt loved. :D

  31. Maddy says:

    Christmas gatherings with my parents, brother and all four of my amazing grandparents!

  32. Eva says:

    Christmas dinner – Chinese style – is my favourite holiday tradition. My parents are from Hong Kong but came over when I was an infant. We always had a special dinner on Christmas, but with home-cooked Chinese food instead of the traditional turkey with stuffing. As a child, I enjoyed the food but yearned for something more authentic. As an adult, I’ve cooked turkey dinners on holidays for my own brood, but as they grew older, I found myself wishing for the complex and carefully prepared Chinese feasts my mom made. I started supplementing the turkey with those special Chinese dishes I remember, and it’s a big hit.

  33. Eva says:

    Christmas dinner – Chinese style – is my favourite holiday tradition. My parents are from Hong Kong but came over when I was an infant. We always had a special dinner on Christmas, but with home-cooked Chinese food instead of the traditional turkey with stuffing. As a child, I enjoyed the food but yearned for something more authentic. As an adult, I’ve cooked turkey dinners on holidays for my own brood, but as they grew older, I found myself wishing for the complex and carefully prepared Chinese feasts my mom made. I started supplementing the turkey with those special Chinese dishes I remember, and it’s a big hit.

  34. thea says:

    My half birthday is in between Christmas and New Years, so I would always be home from school, and possibly already getting bored with my new Christmas presents. My parents would take the left over wrapping paper from Xmas and wrap up presents for my !/2 birthday celebration. When I opened the gift, it would be some old toy from my collection that hadn’t been played with in ages, perhaps even forgotten, and my reaction was always “ITS JUST WHAT I ALWAYS WANTED!!!” no matter what it was. Inevitably, the next few days play would be dominated by the “new” toys!

  35. Erika says:

    I’d have to say my favorite holiday memory is painting plaster ornaments with my mom when I was 10. I think I spent a couple of hours on each one, but I was so proud of them!

  36. CaroleM says:

    I think my favourite memory was Christmas Eve at my Aunt and uncle’s house and listening to them track Santa on NORAD on the radio on the way home. I still love the NORAD Santa tracking.

  37. Cindie says:

    My favorite holiday memory was going to my grandma’s house in Michigan, no matter where we were. We were Navy “brats”. We always made popcorn balls and cornflake wreaths. I now make them with my granddaughters.

  38. Patti HN says:

    Putting colored frosting on sugar cookies, then adding sprinkles. It was the one time we didn’t just bake the sprinkles directly into the cooky. Delicious!

  39. Patti HN says:

    Decorating cookies with colored frosting and sprinkles. Messy, fun, delicious!

  40. Olivia says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is actually Christmas Eve at my Grandparents house. We’d all go there for dinner. After dinner, the kids would go down into the playroom and play while the adults cleaned up. Eventually, we’d hear a stomping on the floor and jingle bells. Santa came! We’d all run upstairs like mad to try to catch him. One year, we saw him running to his sleigh in the backyard! It was always so cozy and warm and lots of fun.

  41. Jennifer Cheek-Payan says:

    One of my most favorite memories, in a bitter-sweet way, is when I was about 7 years old. I decided that I needed to give my parents and 2 younger brothers a present for Christmas but the only thing I could think of to give them were some of my Golden Books. I wrapped them all up! lol Now I watch my 8 year old son go through the angst of feeling like he needs to get a gift for me, his Dad, and sister and it’s sweet but bless his little heart – he wants to make everyone a gift and doesn’t like anything he comes up with! Anyways, this book sounds great – especially for crafty kids! Thanks so much for the chance to play!

  42. melanie says:

    My favorite Christmas memory was getting up early on Christmas Day and heading over to my Grandma’s house in our PJ’s for breakfast and opening presents. We wouldn’t get dressed until about noon and we’d spend the whole day there! She was a special lady!

  43. Melissa A. says:

    Growing up in a subsistence level, working class household in the 1980’s, my parents were determined that my little brother and I never feel that we were “doing without” anything. One of their solutions was that we never celebrated holidays at our house. My parents didn’t want us to feel that we were missing out if they were able to provide a tree and presents one year, and unable to provide anything the next. I remember neighborhood kids riding their new bikes between the piles of discarded boxes and old toys lining our street on the trash day following Christmas. Looking back now, I’m surprised that I didn’t feel a sense of unease or jealousy, but instead, a sense of contentment and satisfaction that, “Whatever I have is enough.” Even today I still value what I hold in my heart above what I can hold in my hands.

  44. Irene says:

    My first experience with SNOW! I was born in Taiwan (a tropical island) and did not know of such a white powdery thing until I was 9 years old. Then we landed in Seattle, WA and WOAH! Cold! I loved flying down our makeshift runways in our cardboard “sleds”.

  45. Rena says:

    one year all of the cousins on my mom’s side of the family ended up at our house the day of our family party. My mom managed to get 11 of us ages 15 to 2 yrs old to practice singing carols with jingle bell instruments while she got ready for the party so that we could perform that evening. I still love looking at that photo.

  46. Ursula says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is simply decorating the tree to holiday music. We would go through the ornaments one by one and remember their history or ask our mom if we couldn’t remember. It was always a long process but lots of fun with three sisters.

  47. Lora W. says:

    Until I was 5yrs old, we live with my Grandparents while my Mom and Dad saved for a house. I loved having everyone in my Grandma’s big old house. Christmas morning there would be fire and I just remember going around kissing everyone after I saw all of my presents.

  48. Meg says:

    I don’t know about favorite, but my most memorable was the year I figured out mom and dad were Santa. My brothers and I got up early and checked out our loot underneath the tree. Then I ran in to tell my folks what I got. Before I told my mom I got a ring she said, did you like the ring you got? *Lightbulb* :D

  49. janet schmick says:

    my favorite memory of Christmas was the year I received my pony. I waso soooo thrilled. It was love at first sight

  50. diana says:

    my favorite memory is waking up in the morning and opening gifts!! and then the christmas feast that goes for dinner :D

  51. Alexandra says:

    For our daughter’s 2nd New Year (we celebrate New Year, not Xmas), I’ve put all the presents into a big red Santa’s bag (that I’ve made). I put it on the front porch, sprinkled a bit of artificial snow on top. At some point at night, we were all playing games in her room, when the door bell rang! “This must be Santa!?” Husband did not know that I had a door bell button in my pocket! So he was genuinely surprised. We all went downstairs and saw the bag. Believe it or not, 4 years later my daughter still remembers that!

  52. Miffy says:

    My most memorable childhood holiday was the time my father brought the whole family to the countryside in Malaysia. Coconut trees, kite flying and running in the fields. That was the only holiday we had with my father that I can remember.

  53. Jennifer Richards says:

    My favorite memory is of making cut out sugar cookies at my grandparents’ house. My grandmother would cut out and bake the cookies, and then she’d frost them while we decorated with sugars, sprinkles, and cinnamon hots!

  54. Carmen says:

    One year we spent Christmas at my uncle’s farm. He was called away in the early evening to a neighbor’s house to help out. A little while later Santa stopped by the farm and visited with all the nieces. We thought it was a shame my uncle missed out!

  55. Carmen says:

    One year we spent Christmas at my uncle’s farm. He was called away in the early evening to a neighbor’s house to help out. A little while later Santa stopped by the farm and visited with all the nieces. We thought it was a shame my uncle missed out!

  56. Connie says:

    We celebrated Sinter Klas, the dutch santa when I was small. He did not come on Christmas, but earlier in the month. He was tall and thin, and his helper was Pete, who would give you a lump of coal if you were not good. Sinter Klas rode a white horse, and they traveled by steam ship from Spain.

  57. DebbieKL says:

    My brothers and I and some neighbors used to have great sledding parties! The best was coming back for hot cocoa!

  58. gia says:

    my favorite memory is opening present early christmas morning with my family. all un-washed, just ready to rip the wrapping paper off! classic~

  59. gia says:

    my favorite memory is opening present early christmas morning with my family. all un-washed, just ready to rip the wrapping paper off! classic~

  60. gia says:

    my favorite memory is opening present early christmas morning with my family. all un-washed, just ready to rip the wrapping paper off! classic~

  61. Nadia says:

    Thanks you for the giveaway opportunity, this looks like a great book! My favourite Christmas memories have to go back to the couple years when I lived in Québec and got to experience a real ‘reveillon’ with my family. Gathering at my grandparents home after midnight mass to eat copious amounts of good food, play games, sing and dance to fiddle music while waiting for Santa to drop in on us and then crawling home to bed in the wee hours of the morning. So much fun!!

  62. Nadia says:

    Thanks you for the giveaway opportunity, this looks like a great book! My favourite Christmas memories have to go back to the couple years when I lived in Québec and got to experience a real ‘reveillon’ with my family. Gathering at my grandparents home after midnight mass to eat copious amounts of good food, play games, sing and dance to fiddle music while waiting for Santa to drop in on us and then crawling home to bed in the wee hours of the morning. So much fun!!

  63. Tika says:

    Waking up before the sun had risen to open presents!

  64. sarah oswald says:

    my favotite memories are of us going caroling with the church and hot cocoa and cookies afterwards at the church. we also used to craft our own handmade ornaments with our mom! christmas always was my favorite holiday out of all the holidays!

  65. sarah oswald says:

    my favotite memories are of us going caroling with the church and hot cocoa and cookies afterwards at the church. we also used to craft our own handmade ornaments with our mom! christmas always was my favorite holiday out of all the holidays!