History is brought to life in many historic houses, especially at Christmas time, when special decorations help to welcome the social season and visiting guests. In this revised second edition, learn history and local customs through engaging text and over 420 colour photographs. Costumed guides interpret Christmas traditions in some of the thirty specially decorated houses that are featured from across America. Both magnificent estates and simple residences offer a variety of styles, tastes, and ideas to inspire your own celebrations. See preserved buildings with illuminated gardens, inviting dining halls, and stunning interiors. Enjoy the many efforts on display here that help to make the Christmas season a magical time of sharing, caring, and gratitude.
Patricia Hart McMillan is an interior designer, former editor of a decorating magazine, and author of fifteen books on decorating. She lives in San Antonio, Texas. Katharine Kaye McMillan is a design writer and social psychologist who is married to architect and author David Strahan. She resides in San Antonio, Texas.