Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ideals Christmas Magazine 70th Anniversary Edition (2014) {Review & 2 Giveaways}

  • ISBN-13: 978-0824913465
  • Paperback - 64 pages
Who amongst Chat With Vera readers remembers the Ideals Magazines? They came several times a year and were chock full of beautiful pictures and poems. Some of the poetry was great and some was just plain good rhyme. The pictures were always outstanding. I remember....... I remember keeping my mother's old copies and carrying them with me into my marriage. They sat on my coffee table - Spring, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Oh, I especially loved the Christmas Ideals Magazine. Eventually, they became a bit tattered around the edges.

2014 marks the 70th year of publication for Ideals Magazines. Here is a little about the magazine's history:

About - IDEALS Magazine, a part of family traditions for 70 years, brings to mind—and brings to life—holidays full of warmth, hope, and love.

IDEALS Magazine was begun in 1944 with a Christmas issue printed by Van B. Hooper, a public relations manager for a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, manufacturer. The magazine, which had started as bits and pieces of poetry and homey philosophy added to his company’s newsletter, struck a chord in its readers. Circulation grew through word of mouth, and at the magazine’s height, eight issues a year were published with various themes. The Christmas issue has always been the most popular and has been a Christmastime tradition in countless homes for decades. Although the magazine has since been relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, and many years have passed, the values celebrated in its pages are unchanged and continue to inspire readers. Today, Ideals is still treasured by families who believe that no matter how times change, the vital things—family ties, love of country, and faith in God—are what see us through. (information on history from Facebook)
I am already enjoying this 2014 Christmas Ideals Magazine. I especially enjoyed the pages of beautiful stained glass windows and the Biblical passages about the birth of the Christ child. There are a few pages of Christmas cookie recipes, the music and story behind "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," lovely pictures, and lots of little stories and poems. A treat for yourself or someone you wish to treat.

Ideals has partnered with Barnes & Noble to offer an exclusive, expanded edition of the 70th Anniversary issue of Christmas Ideals! This special 96-page edition contains flashback selections from past Christmas issues in addition to the pages from the regular Christmas issue. The added pages feature some of your favorite contributors, such as Grace Noll Crowell, Lansing Christman, Gladys Taber, and Garnett Ann Schultz. *This edition is available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.*

GIVEAWAY:  The good folks at Ideals Publications  are holding a copy of "Ideals Christmas 70th Anniversary Edition" and also a copy of the Barnes & Noble exclusive, "expanded edition of the 70th Anniversary issue of Christmas Ideals" for two of Chat With Vera's readers. Two winners get one copy of the Christmas Ideals each. Let's see who will win. Hopefully, the book will arrive in time for Christmas enjoyment. Begins November 13 & ENDS November 28 @ 12:01 a.m. ET. Open to US addresses only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
While IDEALS is no longer available by subscription, it is still available for purchase from your favorite retail outlet (stores or online) and by visiting our website at: Other links:

DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Ideals in exchange for this review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.


  1. I have a few old issues of Ideals in my holiday decoration boxes - it brings back great memories each season to look through them.

  2. I learned Ideals publishes 20-25 new children's titles a year.

  3. In 2000, Ideals was acquired by Guideposts.

  4. I remember the poetry and the beautiful pictures.

  5. I didn't realize the were still publishing, I loved the beautiful pictures in those books. And I remember the poems.. lovely magazine.

  6. They have some very colorful books for children :)

  7. I have seen many past issues of Ideals and I really like them.

  8. I learned they were acquired by Guideposts company but are still published today. I was surprised to see this giveaway. I thought they had gone out of business years ago. I like the pictures and poems, quotes, and sayings in them. Wonderful publication.

  9. My Nana used to get this magazine and I can remember reading it with her. I now love seeing my mother (now Nana herself) read Ideals to my three young children.

  10. I have never heard of this magazine before. It looks delightful! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Looking for 1944 Ideals Christmas magazine Vol. 1 Issue one. I would just like to read if I could find one.


Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment here at Chat With Vera. If you need to contact me directly, please use the "Comment Me" email associated with this blog and posted in the sidebar.