Published on December 12th, 2009 | by Wenona Napolitano


Get Crafty with I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas by Anna Getty

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More by Anna Getty is a great book that covers how to green Christmas better than any other book I’ve read on the subject in the way that if offers tons of hands-on advice and projects, and that’s what I love most- the DIY projects and crafts.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas is full of tips, expert advice, crafts, recipes, decorating ideas and pretty much everything you need to make the holidays more eco-friendly.

The holidays are always a little bit stressful no matter how well you plan or prepare. When money is an issue it can get really stressful. One thing I really adore about I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas is that so many of the crafts for gifts and decorations are made with items I have lying around the house. So I can make decorations and gifts without spending a dime.

This book is really filled with crafty DIYs, projects and decorating ideas. It could almost be listed as a craft book there’s so much in it.

The crafts I love the most are the: decorated matchboxes (page 70-71), the salt dough ornaments (page 90-91) these are so very country Christmas I love them, the old fashioned cranberry and popcorn garland (page 104-105), the cute little twig stars (page 106-107), t-shirt potholders (page 134-135) of course I’ll pass this on to my mom since I don’t sew, the vintage button clutch (page 136-137), and the bottle cap refrigerator magnets that are so super cute for kids to make (pages 142-143).

And the recipes sound so yummy: roasted acorn squash soup with Parmesan and crispy sage, stuffed mushrooms, artichoke dip with baked pita chips, mini apple strudels with brown sugar whipped cream (my mouth is really watering over that one), pumpkin gnocchi with browned sage butter, pumpkin butter and tamari roasted pumpkin seeds, chai hot cocoa with whipped cream (have to try that one)…and so many more.

These items listed above are just a sampling of the crafts and recipes this book has to offer in addition to all the amazing advice that doesn’t preach but offers honest and traditional old fashioned style charm to help return Christmas to the love and joy that it originally was.

This book can help you have the type of Christmas you’ve always dreamed of without the stress, hassle and worry of commercial sparkle and false joy. Plus it’ll help you craft a green holiday season like never before.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

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