By Marcia Adams, Clarkson Potter, 167 pp., $25.

Award-winning food columnist and public-television-show host Marcia Adams offers heirloom recipes, crafts, and ornament ideas, and a look at family holiday traditions in the "Heartland."

They range from a Moravian service in Bethlehem, Pa., to her family's Hoosier buffet. Highlights include boxed tips, such as "Christmas Cookie Hints," and historical tidbits, like the history of Christmas pudding. EMYL JENKINS' SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS

By Emyl Jenkins, Crown Publishers, 192 pp., $30.

"What makes a Southern Christmas so special?" asks Emyl Jenkins, who journeys from Maryland to Texas - in homes, museums, grand hotels, and inns - to present Southern Christmas traditions that span Colonial times to the present. A charming foreword by TV journalist Charles Kuralt leads into 10 highly informative chapters and more than 250 photos. "Gifts to the reader" offer recipes and decoration ideas. A YANKEE CHRISTMAS

By Sally Ryder Brady, Yankee Books, 144 pp., $24.95.

The subtitle: "Feasts, treats, crafts, and traditions of wintertime New England" sums up this delightful book by Sally Ryder Brady, who says that her "dream is still to have a perfectly homemade, handmade Yule." Niceties include diagrams for crafts, a walking tour of festive Nantucket, and a "Tale to Tell by the Fireside."

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