The first of Chris McVeigh's Christmas Ornaments books was published in 2016 after he had been producing instructions and selling kits for Christmas ornaments for several years. It was clearly success -- and rightfully so -- because No Starch Press has now published a second volume, just in time for this year's holiday season.
Like the first, it's packed with instructions to build a selection of Chris's most recent creations, most of which have been designed to be hung on your Christmas tree.
It's a 18cm square hardback 208-page book, the same size as the first volume. Inside are instructions for 16 ornaments which include the author's signature bauble-style models as well as quirkier ones, such as a bag of fries, a computer and even a mini crane arcade game.
The instructions are clear and easy to follow.
They are preceded by a very attractive photograph that will make you want to build the model, and a parts list which, of course, makes it easy to either grab the parts from your collection, or order them if needed.
Overall the whole book is very well presented and delightful to flick through and should help facilitate lots of family building fun over the holiday season.
As for constructing the models... well, there were a lot that I wanted to build to photograph for this article but, if I have any criticism, it's that most of them use recently introduced parts, often in bulk, such as the white quarter circle tiles in Blizzard above. Such parts are readily available, either from LEGO pick a brick or BrickLink -- Chris makes sure of this -- but I certainly don't have enough in stock.
However, I guess I'm being a little unfair because of course Chris is going to take advantage new parts, to keep the models fresh and interesting, and if you need to order parts anyway, it doesn't matter if they are old or new. Plus, if you don't want to gather them yourself you can always order a kit from Chris's online shop.
Anyway, I did manage to cobble together the parts for three of them:
OK, I confess, I built the tree last year... :)
Thanks to No Starch Press for providing the book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.