Book Review | A Homemade Christmas

Title: A Homemade Christmas: Creative Ideas for an Earth-Friendly, Frugal, Festive Holiday

Author: Tina Barseghian

My Review:

A Homemade Christmas offers “creative ideas for an earth-friendly, frugal and festive Holiday.” I loved the concept of this book and looked forward to getting some fun ideas. The true spirit of Christmas for me has always been the simple, nostalgic and family inspired traditions. I am not the craftiest woman so I was hoping for easy projects and gift ideas that my kids could help with too.

I have read a few less then positive reviews of this book and while I may agree that A Homemade Christmas may be on a beginner’s level as opposed to someone with a crafters background, I think the simplicity of the ideas is what gives this book its charm.

The chapters in A Homemade Christmas include Greeting, Trimming, Cooking, Giving and Celebrating. I really liked the idea of recycling cards of Christmases Past. You save your greeting cards each year so that you can make a personal and decorative garland the following year.

My kids and I tackled the “Sock a Monkey” project and the instructions were very easy to follow for this novice sewer. My kids had a blast customizing their sock monkeys in festive holiday colors and plan to display their lovable sock monkeys for the holidays.

I also liked the idea of Mixing a CD to give as a gift. This is such an inexpensive and fun idea that even an older child could make it for friends and family.

A Homemade Christmas is simplistic and it doesn’t have a lot of vivid illustrations but if you are looking to scale back this year and are looking for ideas to have a homemade Christmas that doesn’t take a lot of time or money then you may want to read A Homemade Christmas by Tina Barseghian and illustrations by Alison Kendall.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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