Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Candy Canes and Christmastime by Linda Hoffman Kimball

Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World 
Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media 
My Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Description: If the holiday rush has you feeling like you’ve been run over by a reindeer, this is the book for you! Linda Hoffman Kimball presents a compilation of heartfelt and humorous stories and ideas that help families refocus on the sacredness of the season. Discover unique traditions, fresh ideas, practical tips, and spiritual insights so that your family can get back on track. There are even some recipes! This is a great gift to give your friends, neighbors and relatives.
My Review:  It's crazy to think that the holidays will be here before we know it! I haven't quite finished the book, but I've read enough that I feel I can give my honest opinion and if the rest is anything like what I've read, I'm in for a real treat. This is a great book to savor during the busy holiday season.
My life is crazy busy and I'm very good at making myself feel guilty, especially when I don't feel that I'm enough. I look at women around me and wonder why I'm not more crafty and creative. The message that I really picked up strongly from this book is that you don't have to be like that to make memories. Things can be simple and that's okay. I'm not trying to knock anyone who goes all out, because that's okay, too, especially if you have a talent for that. 
I loved the way each little story was told--some were told in a very tender, humble way, while others were quite humorous. I was able to take something away from each story that I read. In fact, I often felt validated that it's okay to do only what I am able and those are memories, too.
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About the Author:
Linda Hoffman Kimball is an author and illustrator based in Illinois and Utah. Candy Canes & Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World is the 5th compilation for Cedar Fort in the “In the Real World” series. This series on topics compelling to Mormon women, features the voices and experiences of a wide array of women “in the trenches” who candidly share what they have learned from the highlights – and even the lowlights – in their efforts to build Zion. She is a blogger with and writes a column for the quarterly journal Exponent II with which she has been affiliated since 1975. Her other books include humorous novels for LDS adults Home to Roost (Hatrack River Press) and The Marketing of Sister B. (Signature Books), an essay compilation Saints Well-Seasoned: Musings on how food nourishes us – body, heart and soul (Deseret Book) and the children’s picture book Come with Me on Halloween (Albert Whitman Co.). Learn more at
Linda Hoffman Kimball earned a BA from Wellesley College and an MFA from Boston University. She and her husband Christian have three grown children with marvelous spouses and three delightful grandchildren. She loves to travel, make creative messes, and consume dark chocolate.

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