The 12 books of Christmas

Published: 12 December 2019

Last update: 12 December 2019

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Selection of books on a windowsill

The decorations are up and the jumpers are out. Christmas is just around the corner and the familiar sound of festive tunes becomes the soundtrack to daily life. Here at National Trust Books, we’ve done our own version of a Christmas classic.

From jam making to romantic rose gardens, there is a book for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Share a poem with a little one, get your culinary skills up to scratch, or take break and enjoy a moment of mindfulness. Every purchase helps to look after the places you love. Happy holidays!

Flatlay of Roses and Rose Gardens book by Claire Masset

A rose in a rose garden 

Roses have been admired by poets and artists for centuries. In this celebration of England’s favourite flower, garden writer Claire Masset showcases the beauty, variety and history of the rose and explores some of the country’s best rose gardens.

Snowshill AW19 cookbook comfort food

Two bowls of pudding 

Serving up a hot soothing bowl of seasonal comforts, the National Trust Comfort Food cookbook is full of delicious dishes inspired by the recipes in our cafés. From quick colourful suppers to indulgent winter warmers, it’s sure to warm the cockles after a frosty winter walk.

The Perfect Garden book series

Three perfect pots 

Follow the invaluable advice of former National Trust Head Gardener, Simon Akeroyd, and discover the secret to a perfect garden in this practical, easy-to-follow series. Learn how to keep your lawn in tiptop condition all year round, how to get to grips with pruning, and how to create the perfect container garden.

Cats and Dogs of the National Trust

Four-legged friends 

Are you a cat lover or a dog lover? In these amusing and heart-warming little books, you’ll meet the feline friends of Winston Churchill and Thomas Hardy, the canine companions of Virginia Woolf and Agatha Christie, as well as the cats and dogs that call National Trust places their homes today.

Mindfulness book

National Trust book of Mindfulness 

The ideal antidote to today’s frantic world of to-do lists and family organisers. This illustrated book guides you in the art of mindfulness and how to make it part of your daily routine. It encourages us to live in the moment, be aware of our thoughts and feelings, and take notice of the world around us.

Book of Jam

Six jars of jam 

A treat for the sweet-toothed friend. Whether you prefer a quintessentially English strawberry, a festive spiced apple and bramble or a classic Oxford marmalade, there are jams and jellies for all tastes. It also contains practical tips on growing your own fruit and jam-related trivia. Spoons at the ready!

Homes Through History

Seven homes of history 

Little ones can travel back in time and explore the homes of seven different eras in this fun and intricately detailed, laser-cut book. Peek through the lattice windows of a Tudor mansion, study the interiors of the 1920s flapper, and the innovations of a modern-day eco home. Through each door you’ll learn about the people of the past and how they lived.

I Am The Seed has been named the Waterstones Children's Gift of hte Year

Eight lines of poetry 

Winner of the Waterstones Children’s Gift of the Year 2018, I Am the Seed That Grew The Tree will inspire young readers to fall in love with poetry and build a bond with nature. With a poem for every day of the year, this is a gift that will be cherished by all the family.

The House Party

Nine ladies dancing 

Go behind closed doors and discover how the great and good partied through the golden age of country house bash. In this entertaining, star-studded journey, you’ll be transported back to the glamour and hedonism of the 19th- and 20th-centuries. Spend a weekend with the Jazz Age industrialist or the bibulous belted Earl. Join Nancy Astor holding court at Cliveden or to enjoy a discreet gathering around Churchill’s swimming pool at Chartwell.

Sunflower Shoots and Muddy boots book

Ten little green fingers 

Introduce budding gardeners to the delights of gardening. Packed full of green-fingered ideas, tips and facts, this book will help you grow a love of nature together. Learn how to plant flowers in old hats and welly boots, make mini indoor magic gardens, or even to create your own living secret den.

The Great British Bucket List book at Avebury in Wiltshire

Eleven must-do experiences 

The ultimate guide to a jolly good day out. From the comically easy to the mildly challenging, activities include fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, glamping under the stars, and perhaps the most British of all – fish and chips by the sea.

2020 Children's Almanac

Twelve months of the year 

Look forward to the coming year with our 2020 Children’s Almanac. There's nature spotter guides, craft and activity ideas, seasonal recipes, and a calendar of religious festivals and celebration days, all accompanied by delightful illustrations.