While things are up in the air at the moment, it's looking fairly certain that this year's Christmas festivities are going to have to be mostly enjoyed from the comfort of our homes. And, while the shopping malls, ice skating rinks, and Christmas markets will surely be missed, that doesn't mean we can't all make the most of it in other ways. Here are just a few vintage books to give you a little seasonal inspiration this year, from delicious recipes and cocktails, to fun and thrilling games and activities.
A festive feast isn't complete without a little advice from the great Mary Berry. Mary Berry's Party, Including a Guide to Christmas Poultry and Game, is the perfect book to help you make a Christmas dinner like never before. Follow her advice correctly, and you won't even want to leave your home by the time you've finished eating - you'll be too full of gamey goodness to even rise from your sofa!
Is Christmas really complete without a good cocktail... or five? This Christmas, instead of sticking to the usual beverages, use the extra time you have indoors to work on your bartending skills with Cocktails: How to Mix Them. Including a variety of cocktails, both popular and lesser known, this vintage book is an ideal tool for spreading the merriment around your household this year, no matter the circumstances!
It can be difficult to find ways to keep yourself and your loved ones entertained during lockdown; that's where The Best After Dinner Stories comes in. Bond with your family and loved ones with this wonderful book, with lovely stories that are suitable both for Christmas and any other time of the year. What better way to relax after a satisfying and hearty Christmas dinner than with a fun tale told by a storyteller in the family?
Christmas isn't ever truly complete without a few party games - or a lot! The Fifty Best Party Games is a brilliant book for a bit of family bonding during the festive season, with both indoor and outdoor games for people of all ages. So, whether you want to play a brainteaser in the living room, or enjoy a bit of socially-distanced outdoor competitiveness, this vintage book is sure to tick all the boxes.
Finally we have Speeches and Toasts: How to Make and Propose Them. If ever there was a time to tell your family or the loved ones you live with how much you appreciate them, it's now. And, of course, if you're looking to lighten the mood, there's no way better way to do so than with a good toast or speech! This book is ideal for helping you say something memorable, both at the right time and in the right way, for a Christmas to remember.
Thank you for taking the time to read our blog, Vintage Books to Help You Enjoy Christmas at Home! While you're here, don't forget to check out our wonderful selection of bookish Christmas gifts for all your gift-buying needs this year.
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