November 28, 2011

A Time to Keep

I’ve mentioned before that I love the works of Tasha Tudor WITH ALL OF MY BEING. Her work, in my opinion, is like getting on a magic carpet ride that whisks you straight back to an American era with which I am totally fascinated. Where hay rides, taffy pulls, country fairs and apple bobbing were not novelties, but normal ways of celebrating the holidays.

The first time I saw the book, ‘A Time to Keep: The Tasha Tudor Book of Holidays’ in a shop, I literally gasped. Any book that pulls an audible gasp out of me is Special with a capital S. Another book that made me gasp recently is this one, which I am trying to score on Ebay, but it’s proving tricky business. I’m hoping to get it eventually.

This haunting and breathtaking trip through the months of the year is so extraordinary! It’s a BIG book, about 12” tall. All the better to highlight the amazing art.

Now, I have to be honest – I’m WAY more into this book than Julia is. She has really enjoyed many other Tasha books, but this one doesn’t light her fire in the same way that it does for me, as it’s not a traditional story per se. I do think though, as she gets a bit older, she’ll more fully appreciate the quaint and old timey customs that are so charmingly detailed here.

The pages showing how a birthday cake is sent floating down a stream sold this book to me all by itself! I think this would be such a lovely book to give as a gift during this holiday season to anyone aged 5-9. Any fans of the ‘Little House’ books are going to adore this one!

I haven’t had the pleasure (any Tasha book is always a pleasure!) of seeing ‘Tasha Tudor’s Advent Calendar: A Wreath of Days’ in person yet, but doesn’t it look divine? It’s on my Want List for sure.

And ‘The Dolls’ Christmas’ is on my MUST GET list, as in I WILL be getting this in the next few weeks before Christmas. Dolls. A dollhouse. Christmas time. Yes, yes, a 100% yes! It’s available used at a great price!

So do you love Tasha like I do? My sister-in-law gave me ‘A is for Annabelle’ when Julia was a tiny tot, and we love that book dearly. I’ll have to do a post on that one by itself. I don’t know if anyone has a great desire to cut all ties to modern life and move to some forgotten corner of New England and bake pies all day, but her work will give you a pretty darn close equivalent experience!

(Image credits: Picture #2 via Picture #3 via

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