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The Easiest Way to Decorate for the Holidays? Adding Christmas Pillows to Your Couch

Let’s face it. Decorating for Christmas can be simply overwhelming. There’s the tree to put up, the exterior lights to hang and the garlands to string. But what if we told you there was an easier way to bring holiday cheer to your living room? No, we’re not suggesting you should skip putting up the Christmas tree, but we do think adding Christmas pillows to your couch is the absolute easiest way to decorate in December.

These pillows feature Christmassy patterns, designs and images. They range from holiday movie-themed screen prints to hand-painted Santa Claus portraits. But there are a couple of things to consider before diving headfirst into this fun decorating trend.

First, you’ll need to decide whether you want to buy a complete pillow that features both the insert and the pillow cover or if you just need the cover. The former is usually more expensive and less versatile, while the latter requires some assembly after purchase as you have to put the cover on your pre-existing inserts.

Second, if you choose to buy just a cover, you’ll need to ensure you already have the right size insert. You also need to make sure you buy the right size pillows to look attractive on your couch. In general, throw pillows are available in the following sizes:

  • 18 by 18 inches (The most popular size)
  • 20 by 20 inches (The second most popular size)
  • 22 by 22 inches
  • 5 by 15 inches
  • 12 by 20 inches
  • 10 by 18 inches

If you’re ready to take some of the hassle out of holiday decor, grab one of the 13 best Christmas pillows we’ve rounded up below. These also make great gifts for friends and family who love the holiday season.


1. CDWERD Christmas Throw Pillow Covers


Unpack these Christmas pillows and they will instantly transport you back to Christmas at grandma’s house as a child. The four covers each feature vintage-inspired images, like a jolly Santa Claus, a reindeer and stockings hung over the fireplace. The covers, which measure 18 by 18 inches to fit over most throw pillow inserts, are made of high-quality cotton and linen so that they can be used and enjoyed rather than just looked at. Put these on your couch or your bed for that holiday feeling every time you get comfortable.

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Buy: CDWERD Christmas Throw Pillow Covers $12.99


2. OurRusticHomeDecor Merry and Bright Christmas Pillow Cover


Simple and sincere, the OurRusticHomeDecor Merry and Bright Christmas Pillow Cover does Christmas without being overly gaudy. The pillow cover is printed with the words “Merry & Bright” in a cheerful cursive that fits with most modern decor. Mix this pillow cover with a red and a white cover as well for a complete display or keep it simple and throw this pillow cover on your couch next to your existing covers. Thanks to its off-white and black color theme, it matches pretty much any color you already have on your couch.

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3. Aoopistc Christmas Pillow Covers


“Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal.” If you know this line from the Christmas classic, Home Alone II, this may be the best pillow cover for you. With a simple design featuring the famous words, this green and red cover appears just like any other Christmas pillow until you look closely enough to see the phrase written on the front. Plus, the 18 by 18-inch pillow cover can be machine washed for cleaning convenience. And if this movie-related pillow isn’t right for you, Aoopistc makes 14 other fun Christmas pillow designs.

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Buy: Aoopistc Christmas Pillow Covers $9.99



4. PSDWETS Merry Christmas Pillow Covers


Ideal for people who have a rustic interior design theme or love farmhouse chic decor, the PSDWETS Merry Christmas Pillow Covers feature a set of four beautiful images with red plaid backgrounds. In addition to a deer, a moose and an old-fashioned pickup hauling a Christmas tree, one of the covers sports the Christmas lyrics, “Baby, it’s cold outside.” These four covers measure 18 by 18 inches to fit over most throw pillow inserts (which are not included), and they feature invisible zipper closures for an attractive all-around appearance.

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Buy: PSDWETS Merry Christmas Pillow Covers $16.99


5. MissPatchDesigns Christmas Family Cushion Cover


Why settle for any old Christmas pillow when you can have one with your family name on it? The MissPatchDesigns Christmas Family Cushion Cover comes personalized with the phrase “Christmas with the ____’s.” Naturally, your name goes in the blank. The cover is available with either a red or green background and white or gold font. It measures 18 by 18 inches to fit over a standard throw pillow insert, which you must purchase separately. In addition to making a great piece for your own couch, this could be a nice Christmas gift for family or friends.

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6. Sunnyglade Six Pieces Christmas Throw Pillow Covers


Whether you have multiple couches to fill or you like a lot of cushions on your single couch, the Sunnyglade Six Pieces Christmas Throw Pillow Covers will do the trick. This set of six Christmas covers all boast a bright red and white them to match each other, but each one has its own unique image, from Santa Claus with his big bag of toys to a Merry Christmas wreath. The 100% cotton linen covers are comfortable to the touch, and, like most of the other covers on this list, they measure 18 by 18 inches.

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Buy: Sunnyglade Six Pieces Christmas Throw Pillow Covers $18.99


7. TastebudsShop Dear Santa Christmas Pillow


To add a bit of humor to your Christmas display, check out the TastebudsShop Dear Santa Christmas Pillow. The owners of this pillow clearly lead a very adventurous life and one that Santa Claus may not agree with. Besides the laugh out loud design, there are a couple of other features that set this pillow apart from the rest. First, it doesn’t feature the traditional Christmas red. Instead, it offers a more muted burgundy that might blend better with your existing decor. Second, the pillow measures 20 by 20 inches, instead of the traditional 18 by 18 inches, so you may need to buy a bigger insert or your Christmas cover may fit loosely.

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8. OliverandOliviaKids Personalized Christmas Pillow


Sharing Christmas with children is one of the best parts of the holidays, so why not get your kids their own Christmas pillow to decorate their rooms? This OliverandOliviaKids Personalized Christmas Pillow is perfect for little ones. It’s covered in sequins, which are silver on one side. On the other side, they form a Christmas picture that can be personalized with your child’s name. Run your hand across the pillow, and you’ll move the sequins from one side to the other, revealing and covering up the picture as you go.

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9. NordECO HOME Faux Fur Fleece Pillowcase


The thing we like the most about these NordECO HOME Faux Fur Fleece Pillowcase is that they make amazing winter decorations but you can use them year-round, too, if you’d like. The furry pillowcases feel lush to touch thanks to the long faux fur and fleece underneath. Because they come in white, they almost look like a fresh pile of snow, and they’re sure to blend well with your other holiday decor. Each order comes with two pillowcases for your couch, bed or office, and the covers are available in a variety of sizes, from 12 by 20 inches to 22 by 22 inches.

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Buy: NordECO HOME Faux Fur Fleece Pillowcase $16.99


10. PrimitiveMarketPlace Ho Ho Ho Pillow


Although not the most comfortable to lay on, pillows with 3D bits and bobs sure do catch the eye. That’s exactly what these Ho Ho Ho Pillows do thanks to the red or green buttons that replace the o’s in “ho.” Each pillow measures 15 by 5 inches, so these are more appropriate as decor on benches or a display on a mantelpiece than as functional head pillows. Hand-embroidered on hand-dyed muslin, the PrimitveMarketPlace Ho Ho Ho Pillow is really a great example of the amazing handmade products available on Etsy.

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11. Abbykatepillows Nativity Scene Pillow


If you’d like to be reminded of the religious meaning of Christmas rather than the commercial one, consider this lumbar pillow with its nativity scene. The pillow measures 10 by 18 inches and comes with both the cotton canvas cover sewn around a polyester filling. The scene on the front of the pillow is hand-painted by the seller. Not only does the Abbykatepillows Nativity Scene Pillow look like a lovely piece of holiday decor, but it also fulfills one of the key pillars of Christmas, giving back. That’s because a percentage of the profits from these pillows is donated to a mission the seller supports.

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12. WildRabbitsBurrow Christmas Tree Pillow


Sometimes Christmas pillows don’t look like pillows at all. Instead, they look like Christmas trees, like the WildRabbitsBurrow Christmas Tree Pillow. This colorful pillow is 22 inches tall by 17 inches wide across the base, and it’s made from fleece in three shades of green and other colors for the lights. The pillow, which is completely hand-stitched, is also filled with extra plump polyfill, making it similar to a stuffed animal crossed with a pillow. Plus, if you don’t like the tree design, the seller also makes a similar and equally cute pillow using a cactus base.

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13. SippingIcedTea St. Nicholas Hand-Painted Pillow Cover


For a Christmas pillow that you’ll use for years to come, look no further than the SippingIcedTea St. Nicholas Pillow Cover. This cover, which measures 18 by 18 inches to fit a traditional throw pillow insert, is hand-painted and signed by the artisan. It’s made from a medium-weight canvas to make the painting of Santa Claus stand out across the front of the pillow. Thanks to the more muted colors used, this pillow fits in well with rustic or country style decors. It also features an easy-to-access back flap so that you can fit the insert in the pillow cover in a matter of seconds.

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These Christmas Lights Will Make Yours the Best-Looking House on the Block This Year

Cozy Christmas Shadow Box Card

 Hello to all you crafty people!  It’s Amanda Fitterer!  I hope your week is going fantastic!  It’s almost the weekend!!  Hang in there!

Today, I am excited to share this cute little Christmas card with you!  I made it using the Heffy Doodle Big Shadow Box Die and Mama Elephant Toasty Friends Stamp Set.  

To make the shadow box, I am using Heffy Doodle Big Shadow Box Die and Heffy Doodle Mini Essentials Dies.  
I am stamping my images from the Mama Elephant Toasty Friends Stamp Set and then coloring with Copic markers. Then, I will die cut with the coordinating dies.

I am using Vintage Photo Distress Oxide for my «floors».  Now, I can assemble the shadow box using 3D foam squares and liquid glue!




Thank you so much for stopping by the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog!  I hope you have a wonderful day!  Xoxo, Amanda

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50 Best Christmas Mysteries of All Time

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Christmas mysteries are great books to cuddle up with to get into the holiday spirit for lovers of detective and crime novels. I think the first Christmas mystery I ever read was Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark, though it’s been so long that I don’t remember anything about it. Still, I often like to kick off the holiday season with a nice, festive murder mystery.

General Christmas Mysteries
Cozy Christmas Mysteries

Have something great to add? Drop me a line, I love getting suggestions for books to add to lists!

General Christmas Mysteries

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Hercule Poirot #20)
Agatha Christie | William Morrow Paperbacks

What It’s About: Christmas Eve, and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and a high-pitched wailing scream. Upstairs, the tyrannical Simeon Lee lies dead in a pool of blood, histhroat slashed.

When Hercule Poirot offers to assist, he finds an atmosphere not of mourning but of mutual suspicion…

Publication Date: December 19, 1938
  3.95 out of 5 on Goodreads (40,249 ratings)

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding (Hercule Poirot #35)

What It’s About: Agatha Christie’s seasonal Poirot and Marple short story collection, reissued with a striking new cover designed to appeal to the latest generation of Agatha Christie fans and book lovers. First came a sinister warning to Poirot not to eat any plum pudding…then the discovery of a corpse in a chest…

Publication Date: October 24, 1960
  3.80 out of 5 on Goodreads (13,550 ratings)

The Mistletoe Murder And Other Stories
P.D. JAMES | Faber & Faber

What It’s About: As the acknowledged ‘Queen of Crime’, P. D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best of these have been drawn from the archives and published here. P. D. James’ prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year…

Publication Date: October 6, 2016
  3.77 out of 5 on Goodreads (6,974 ratings)

Winter in Paradise (Paradise #1)
Elin Hilderbrand | Little, Brown and Company

What It’s About: A husband’s secret life, a wife’s new beginning: escape to the Caribbean with #1 New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.

Irene Steele shares her idyllic life in a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house with a husband who loves her to sky-writing, sentimental extremes. But as she rings in the new year one cold and snowy night, everything she thought she knew falls to pieces with a shocking phone call: her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a helicopter crash…

Publication Date: October 9, 2018
  4.05 out of 5 on Goodreads (45,096 ratings)

The Christmas Train
David Baldacci | Grand Central Publishing

What It’s About: A journalist on a cross-country Christmas train scales the rugged terrain of his own heart in this New York Times bestselling holiday tale that inspired the Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie!

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to Los Angeles in time for Christmas…

Publication Date: November 4, 2001
  3.60 out of 5 on Goodreads (21,805 ratings)

The Nine Tailors (Lord Peter Wimsey #9)
Dorothy L. Sayers | Mariner Books

What It’s About: Librarian’s Note: For an alternate cover edition of the same ISBN, click here.

«The nine tellerstrokes from the belfry of an ancient country church toll out the death of an unknown man and call the famous Lord Wimsey to one of his most brilliant cases. Steeped in the atmosphere of a quiet parish in the strange, flat fen-country of East Anglia, this is a tale of suspense, character, and mood by an author the critics rate as one of the great masters of the mystery novel…

Publication Date: September 28, 1966
  4.05 out of 5 on Goodreads (15,078 ratings)

The 19th Christmas (Women’s Murder Club #19)
James Patterson | Little, Brown and Company

What It’s About: It’s not sleigh bells that are ringing this Christmas. As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner’s office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco…

Publication Date: October 7, 2019
  3.90 out of 5 on Goodreads (17,276 ratings)

Merry Christmas, Alex Cross (Alex Cross #19)
James Patterson | Arrow

What It’s About: ______________________________________
‘No one gets this big without amazing natural storytelling talent – which is what Jim has, in spades. The Alex Cross series proves it.’ LEE CHILD, international bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series
The nineteenth novel in the bestselling Alex Cross series

Detective Alex Cross is called into action on Christmas Eve – and he’ll be lucky to see the New Year…

Celebrating Christmas with his family, veteran Washington D…

Publication Date: November 14, 2011
  3.89 out of 5 on Goodreads (22,224 ratings)

He Sees You When You’re Sleeping
Carol Higgins Clark | Pocket Books

What It’s About: From the “Queen of Suspense,” Mary Higgins Clark, and bestselling author Carol Higgins Clark—the acclaimed mother/daughter duo—comes this holiday treat, a heartwarming tale of redemption and love. Sterling Brooks has been cooling his heels in the Celestial Waiting Room for forty-six years, waiting for admission to heaven…

Publication Date: November 3, 2004
  3.79 out of 5 on Goodreads (6,455 ratings)

The Christmas Thief (Regan Reilly Mysteries # 7.5)
Mary Higgins Clark | Simon & Schuster

What It’s About: Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, joins forces once again with private detective Regan Reilly to track down the beautiful ninety-foot tree that has been hijacked on its way to the Rockerfeller Center for the Christmas season.

Publication Date: November 9, 2004
  3.61 out of 5 on Goodreads (5,736 ratings)

All Through the Night (Alvirah & Willy #3)
Mary Higgins Clark | Simon & Schuster

What It’s About: «A desperate mother. Her missing child. A stolen chalice.» With «Silent Night», Mary Higgins Clark, America’s own Queen of Suspense, gave her readers their best Christmas present ever.

Now, with «All Through the Night», she once again celebrates the Christmas season with a tale of suspense that will keep readers turning the pages– all through the night…

Publication Date: October 19, 1998
  3.71 out of 5 on Goodreads (7,446 ratings)

The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries
Otto Penzler | Vintage Crime/Black Lizard

What It’s About: Have yourself a crooked little Christmas with The Big Book of Christmas Mysteries.

Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler collects sixty of his all-time favorite holiday crime stories–many of which are difficult or nearly impossible to find anywhere else. From classic Victorian tales by Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, to contemporary stories by Sara Paretsky and Ed McBain, this collection touches on all aspects of the holiday season, and all types of mysteries…

Publication Date: October 22, 2013
  3.98 out of 5 on Goodreads (606 ratings)

A Rumpole Christmas (Rumpole of the Bailey #16.1)
John Mortimer | Viking Adult

What It’s About: The first ever collection of Rumpole Christmas stories, just in time for the holidays. A Rumpole Christmas is a collection of five holiday stories – never before published in book form – depicting the Old Bailey hack at his lovable best. In ‘Rumpole and Father Christmas’ the English barrister encounters a familiar-looking Santa who he thinks is a thief…

Publication Date: October 15, 2009
  3.92 out of 5 on Goodreads (614 ratings)

Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries
Martin Edwards | Poisoned Pen Press

What It’s About: Crimson Snow brings together a dozen vintage crime stories set in winter. Welcome to a world of Father Christmases behaving oddly, a famous fictional detective in a Yuletide drama, mysterious tracks in the snow, and some very unpleasant carol singers. There’s no denying that the supposed season of goodwill is a time of year that lends itself to detective fiction…

Publication Date: November 10, 2016
  3.68 out of 5 on Goodreads (511 ratings)

The Santa Klaus Murder
Mavis Hay | Poisoned Pen Press

What It’s About: When it comes to Christmas stories, one typically thinks of those that embody the spirit of the season, such as O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” and Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’.

The Yuletide-themed murder mystery is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But in 1936, Mavis Doriel Hay wrote ‘The Santa Klaus Murder’, one of three detective novels she published in the 1930s…

Publication Date: October 6, 2015
  3.40 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,760 ratings)

Ryan’s Christmas (DCI Ryan Mysteries #14)
LJ Ross | Independently published

What It’s About: Christmas can be murder… After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a stottie cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland…

Publication Date: December 23, 2019
  4.34 out of 5 on Goodreads (7,867 ratings)

Envious Casca (Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway #6)
Georgette Heyer | Arrow

What It’s About: ‘Tis the season-to be dead…

Resigned to spending Christmas at Lexham Manor, Mathilda Clare wasn’t sure what she dreaded most–the foul temper of Nat Herriard, the filthy-rich old Scrooge who owned the place, or the sweetness-and-light of his brother, Joseph. Joseph had concocted a guest list brilliantly headed for mayhem…

Publication Date: October 24, 2006
  3.74 out of 5 on Goodreads (3,849 ratings)

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle | Radio Spirits

What It’s About: In this holiday-themed short story, Sherlock Holmes and his trusty sidekick, Dr. Watson, follow the trail of a lost hat and a Christmas goose through the streets of London and into a rapidly expanding mystery.

Publication Date: October 1, 2019
   out of 5 on Goodreads

Cozy Christmas Mysteries

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce #4)
Alan Bradley | Delacorte Press

What It’s About: It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce – an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and a penchant for crime-solving – is tucked away in her laboratory, whipping up a concoction to ensnare Saint Nick. But she is soon distracted when a film crew arrives at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ decaying English estate, to shoot a movie starring the famed Phyllis Wyvern…

Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  4.09 out of 5 on Goodreads (31,726 ratings)

Murder at Melrose Court (Heathcliff Lennox #1)
Karen Baugh Menuhin | Karen Menuhin Author

What It’s About: Downton Abbey meets Agatha Christie with a touch of Wodehouse and a dog of distinction.
It’s 1920 and Christmas is coming. Major Lennox finds a body on his doorstep – why on his doorstep? Was it to do with the Countess? Was it about the ruby necklace? Lennox must go to Melrose Court, home to his uncle, Lord Melrose, to uncover the mystery…

Publication Date: December 3, 2018
  4.10 out of 5 on Goodreads (4,630 ratings)

Blue Christmas (Weezie and Bebe Mysteries #3)
Mary Kay Andrews | HarperCol

What It’s About: The popular Mary Kay Andrews delivers a tasty holiday treat as she brings back the winning characters from Savannah Blues and Savannah Breeze for a little Southern cheer.

It’s the week before Christmas, and antiques dealer Weezie Foley is in a frenzy to do up her shop for the Savannah historical district window decorating contest-which she intends to win…

Publication Date: October 24, 2006
  3.83 out of 5 on Goodreads (10,415 ratings)

Christmas Bliss (Weezie and Bebe Mysteries #4)
Mary Kay Andrews | St. Martin’s Press

What It’s About: From the New York Times bestselling author of Summer Rental comes a novella that celebrates love, the holidays, and antiques. Christmas is coming, but Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is doubly distracted both by her upcoming wedding to her longtime love, chef Daniel Stipanek and also by the fact that her best friend and maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk is due to give birth any day and is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry…

Publication Date: October 15, 2013
  3.81 out of 5 on Goodreads (7,476 ratings)

Deck the Hounds (Andy Carpenter #18)
David Rosenfelt | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: This Christmas mystery, featuring criminal defense lawyer Andy Carpenter and his faithful golden retriever, Tara, showcases Rosenfelt’s trademark humor and larger-than-life characters. Reluctant lawyer Andy Carpenter doesn’t usually stop to help others, but seeing a dog next to a homeless man inspires him to give the pair some money to help…

Publication Date: October 16, 2018
  4.19 out of 5 on Goodreads (2,167 ratings)

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness #6)
Rhys Bowen | Berkley

What It’s About: She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the New Year—before a Christmas killer wrings another neck…
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America…

Publication Date: November 6, 2012
  4.07 out of 5 on Goodreads (12,284 ratings)

Away in a Manger (Molly Murphy #15)
Rhys Bowen | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: It’s Christmastime in 1905 New York City, and for once, Molly Murphy Sullivan is looking forward to the approaching holidays. She has a family of her own now: she and Daniel have a baby son and twelve-year-old Bridie is living with them as their ward. As Molly and the children listen to carolers in the street, they hear a lovely little voice, the voice of an angel, and see a beggar girl, huddled in a doorway, singing Away in a Manger…

Publication Date: November 17, 2015
  4.01 out of 5 on Goodreads (2,139 ratings)

Candy Cane Murder (Lucy Stone #13.5)
Joanne Fluke | Kensington

What It’s About: ‘Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit . . .

‘Candy Cane Murder’ by Joanne Fluke

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume-but it’s too late to count calories…

Publication Date: October 1, 2007
  3.87 out of 5 on Goodreads (10,680 ratings)

Gingerbread Cookie Murder (Lucy Stone #16.5)
Joanne Fluke | Kensington

What It’s About: «Gingerbread Cookie Murder»by Joanne Fluke:
When Hannah Swensen finds her neighbour Ernie Kusak with his head bashed in and sprawled on the floor of his condo next to an upended box of Hannah’s Gingerbread Cookies, she discovers a flurry of murder suspects that’s as long as her holiday shopping list…

Publication Date: January 1, 2010
  3.76 out of 5 on Goodreads (7,309 ratings)

Lark! The Herald Angels Sing (Meg Langslow #24)
Donna Andrews | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: Away in a manger, asleep on the hay, Meg Langslow finds a little gift.

For four previous Christmases, New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews has delighted readers with holiday mysteries, full of Christmas cheer and starring her quirky characters. Now she gives us another hilarious new adventure in her award-winning Meg Langslow series with Lark! The Herald Angels Sing…

Publication Date: October 16, 2018
  4.12 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,594 ratings)

Owl Be Home for Christmas: A Meg Langslow Mystery (Meg Langslow #26)
Donna Andrews | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews returns with another Meg Langslow mystery written «firmly in the grand tradition of Agatha Christie’s Christmas books» (Toronto Globe and Mail).

The 26th book and the sixth Christmas mystery in the Meg Lansglow series, Owl Be Home for Christmas is yet another wonderfully merry and funny book from New York Times bestselling author Donna Andrews…

Publication Date: October 15, 2019
  4.08 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,248 ratings)

A Gift of Bones (Sarah Booth Delaney #19)
Carolyn Haines | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: Christmas comes to Zinnia, Mississippi—Sarah Booth Delaney must solve a case as the holiday approaches, in this new cozy mystery from Carolyn Haines.

Christmas is just around the corner and Sarah Booth and Tinkie are preparing for a festive holiday season. After a turbulent season of solving cases, they’re ready for some holiday cheer…

Publication Date: October 16, 2018
  4.07 out of 5 on Goodreads (697 ratings)

Aunt Dimity and the Heart of Gold (Aunt Dimity Mystery #24)
Nancy Atherton | Viking

What It’s About: In the newest installment of the bestselling Aunt Dimity series, a dreary Christmas leads to hidden treasure and new friendships

It’s almost Christmas in the small English village of Finch–and everyone is sick. Though many of the villagers regretfully decline their invitations to Emma Harris’s annual Christmas bash, Lori Shepherd has no intention of missing it…

Publication Date: June 18, 2019
  4.11 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,259 ratings)

Holiday Buzz (Coffeehouse Mystery #12)
Cleo Coyle | Berkley

What It’s About: Holiday time is party time in New York City, but after a sparkling winter bash ends with a murder, Village Blend coffeehouse manager Clare Cosi vows to put the killer on ice…

At the Great New York Cookie Swap, pastry chefs bake up their very best for charity. Clare is in charge of the beverage service, and her famous Fa-la-la-la Lattes make the gathering even merrier…

Publication Date: December 4, 2012
  4.02 out of 5 on Goodreads (2,905 ratings)

Holiday Grind (Coffeehouse Mystery #8)
Cleo Coyle | Berkley Prime Crime

What It’s About: When Village Blend manager Clare Cosi finds a red-suited body in the snow, she adds solving Santa’s slaying to her coffeehouse menu, only to discover the jolly old soul had a list that he was checking twice-and the folks on it were not very nice.

Publication Date: November 3, 2009
  3.95 out of 5 on Goodreads (4,625 ratings)

Murder in Her Stocking (A Granny Reid Mystery #1)
G. A. McKevett | Kensington

What It’s About: As the Moonlight Magnolia Agency revisits old memories on Christmas Eve, Granny Reid takes the reins back thirty years to the 1980s–back when she went by Stella, everyone’s hair was bigger, and sweaters were colorful disasters. But murder never went out of style . . .

Christmas has arrived in sleepy McGill, Georgia, but holiday cheer can’t keep temperamental Stella Reid from swinging a rolling pin at anyone who crosses her bad side–and this season, there are plenty…

Publication Date: October 30, 2018
  4.10 out of 5 on Goodreads (803 ratings)

The Diva Cooks a Goose (A Domestic Diva Mystery #4)
Krista Davis | Berkley

What It’s About: A Scrooge steals presents right from under Sophie Winston’s family Christmas tree. Then her sister-in-law’s father show’s up with a diva girlfriend just a month after his separation. More than one person is thinking of committing a merry murder-until it actually happens! With many under suspicion for the deadly deed, can Sophie find the murderer and restore the Christmas spirit before it’s too late?

Publication Date: November 11, 2010
  4.08 out of 5 on Goodreads (2,441 ratings)

The Diva Wraps It Up (A Domestic Diva Mystery #8)
Krista Davis | Berkley

What It’s About: In the latest novel in the national bestselling Domestic Diva Mystery series, it’s beginning to look a lot like murder…

The holidays are domestic diva Sophie Winston’s favorite time of year. But this season, there seem to be more mishaps than mistletoe. First, Horace Scroggins tumbles from a balcony during his office Christmas party…

Publication Date: June 3, 2014
  4.14 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,714 ratings)

A Fatal Grace (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #2)
Louise Penny | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: Welcome to winter in Three Pines, a picturesque village in Quebec, where the villagers are preparing for a traditional country Christmas, and someone is preparing for murder.
No one liked CC de Poitiers. Not her quiet husband, not her spineless lover, not her pathetic daughter—and certainly none of the residents of Three Pines…

Publication Date: September 30, 2006
  4.10 out of 5 on Goodreads (69,978 ratings)

How the Light Gets In (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #9)
Louise Penny | Minotaur Books

What It’s About: Christmas is approaching, and in Québec it’s a time of dazzling snowfalls, bright lights, and gatherings with friends in front of blazing hearths. But shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté de Québec. Most of his best agents have left or been transferred out of the Homicide Department; his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months; and hostile forces are lining up against him…

Publication Date: August 27, 2013
  4.44 out of 5 on Goodreads (51,151 ratings)

Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen (A Year-Round Christmas Mystery #1)
Vicki Delany | Berkley


In Rudolph, New York, it’s Christmastime all year long. But this December, while the snow-lined streets seem merry and bright, a murder is about to ruin everyone’s holiday cheer…

As the owner of Mrs. Claus’s Treasures, Merry Wilkinson knows how to decorate homes for the holidays…

Publication Date: November 3, 2015
  3.82 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,661 ratings)

A Christmas Guest (Christmas Stories #3)
Anne Perry | Ballantine Books

What It’s About: Mariah Ellison, vinegar-tongued Grandmama from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, believes Christmas is no reason to celebrate. When the Pitts plan a Christmas vacation to Paris sans hers truly, she cantankerously retreats to the chilly, windswept, provincial Romney Marshes of her daughter’s parents, Caroline and Joshua Fielding…

Publication Date: August 29, 2004
  3.66 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,945 ratings)

A New York Christmas (Christmas Stories #12)
Anne Perry | Ballantine Books

What It’s About: A brand new Christmas mystery, and the very first set in New York City, from New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry, featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt’s daughter Jemima.

December, 1904. Jemima Pitt, now twenty-two, agrees to act as a “suitable companion” to her friend Delphinia, who is traveling to New York to be married to Brent Albright, toast of New York high society…

Publication Date: October 23, 2014
  3.57 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,867 ratings)

Sugar and Spice (Hannah Swensen #8.5)
Beverly Barton | Zebra

What It’s About: 1. The Christmas Stocking by Fern Michaels
Philadelphia businesswoman Amy Baran is determined to raise money for a new seniors’ center by harvesting Christmas trees from the small-town Virginia farm she remembers from her childhood. Trouble is, Gus Moss has come home from California with his own ideas about saving the farm his father has neglected…

Publication Date: November 1, 2006
  3.86 out of 5 on Goodreads (3,438 ratings)

Mistletoe Murder (Dewberry Farm #4)
Karen MacInerney | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

What It’s About: It’s beginning to look a lot like… Murder.

It’s Christmastime, and farmer Lucy Resnick is living the life she’s always dreamed of. When she’s not selling her jams, soaps, and mistletoe bundles at the Buttercup Christmas Market, she’s enjoying cozy evenings by the fire with her knitting group–or her handsome veterinarian boyfriend Tobias Brandt…

Publication Date: December 11, 2017
  4.25 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,014 ratings)

Christmas Mourning (Deborah Knott Mysteries #16)
Margaret Maron | Grand Central Publishing

What It’s About: It’s Christmas in rural North Carolina’s Colleton County and Judge Deborah Knott is looking forward to a family celebration when a tragedy clouds the holiday season. A beautiful young cheerleader dies in a car crash and the community is devastated by her death. Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant soon learns that her death was not a simple accident, and more lives may be lost unless he and Deborah can discover why she died.

Publication Date: November 5, 2010
  3.93 out of 5 on Goodreads (2,392 ratings)

The Vanishing of Dr Winter (Posie Parker Mystery #4)
L.B. Hathaway | Whitehaven Man Press London

What It’s About:

Publication Date: February 4, 2016
  4.17 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,647 ratings)

Murder for Christmas (Mordecai Tremaine #4)
Francis Duncan | Poisoned Pen Press

What It’s About: A classic mystery for the festive season: mulled wine, mince pies…and murder.

Mordecai Tremaine, former tobacconist and perennial lover of romance novels, has been invited to spend Christmas in the sleepy village of Sherbroome at the country retreat of one Benedict Grame.

Arriving on Christmas Eve, he finds that the revelries are in full flow – but so too are tensions amongst the assortment of guests…

Publication Date: October 10, 2017
  3.50 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,590 ratings)

Tied Up in Tinsel (Roderick Alleyn #27)
Ngaio Marsh | Harpercollins Pub Ltd

What It’s About:

Publication Date: November 30, 2000
  3.85 out of 5 on Goodreads (1,881 ratings)

The Man With a Load of Mischief (Richard Jury #1)
Martha Grimes | Berkley

What It’s About: At the Man with a Load of Mischief, they found the dead body stuck in a keg of beer. At the Jack and Hammer, another body was stuck out on the beam of the pub’s sign, replacing the mechanical man who kept the time. Two pubs. Two murders. One Scotland Yard inspector called in to help. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Jury arrives in Long Piddleton and finds everyone in the postcard village looking outside of town for the killer…

Publication Date: February 4, 2003
  4.00 out of 5 on Goodreads (16,148 ratings)

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El estilo vintage podría ser la tendencia de decoración más atinada para la Navidad 2020


Para esta fecha, en tiempos normales, ya la mayoría conocía la tendencia que escogería para celebrar la Navidad. Los hogares, las oficinas y las calles te indicaban que ya el año estaba en vísperas de acabarse.

Pero las tantas cosas, entre ellas la tristeza de que muchos hemos perdido a seres queridos a causa de la pandemia del COVID-19; ha provocado que ignoremos en qué momento del año estamos. El deseo común es que ya se acabe y, con él, todo lo malo que llegó.

Sin embargo, lejos de todo lo material y vanidoso, hay que recordar que la esencia de la Navidad es dar gracias por la vida. Si estás leyendo este artículo es porque aún la tienes. Es agradecer por la familia y la paz que da tenerla; es dar gracias por los que están y por los que ya se fueron. Es más que un banquete que alcance para recalentar al otro día; más que encender las tradicionales luces; más que todo lo que el ojo humano pueda ver… de modo que, decorar o no este año queda a la opción y ánimo de cada quien.

En caso de subirte al tren de los que apuestan por el proverbio popular que dicta que “al mal tiempo, buena cara”, te contamos cuál podría ser uno de los estilos que más se ajusta a la realidad de los tiempos que vivimos.

Navidad 2020, razones por las que este estilo promete

Se trata del “Vintage”, que para muchos es una referencia de antigüedad; pero mirarlo solo así es un error, pues tal y como dice Natalia Ravelo, copropietaria de la tienda Luxe Boheme, el concepto también encierra todo lo que en nuestra vida tiene una historia, significado, valor estético y funcionalidad.

Es ideal para esas familias a las que les encanta viajar y aprovechar al máximo la vida en conjunto, y donde prima la sencillez, alegría y naturalidad, dice la experta, mientras que agrega que “es relativamente sencillo encontrar elementos que sirvan para este propósito. No hay que ir muy lejos, solo abrir los ojos en nuestras propias casas, seguro que vemos de otra manera algún objeto especial que siempre ha estado ahí”.

Además, apostar por esta opción es una excelente idea que da respuestas a la necesidad del mundo de ser sostenibles, lo cual implica consumir menos, así como reciclar y reusar. En otros tiempos parecía imposible una Navidad de este tipo, pero el contexto actual es ideal para comenzar.

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