Whether you're intentional about celebrating holidays or simply keep certain traditions because that's the way your family has always done it, Putting God Back in the Holidays: Celebrate Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthdays and 12 Other Special Occasions with Purpose is a book that can bring new life into your holiday celebrations.
Written by Bill and Penny Thrasher, this book covers all the major holidays and even several minor ones (Arbor Day, anyone?), with thorough coverage given to Christmas and Thanksgiving (there are 77 pp. devoted to these two holidays alone).
Each section gives a bit of historical background for the holiday, along with scriptural applications. Sprinkled throughout are lists of "Practical Helps," with ideas ranging from taking trivia quizzes to test your knowledge to service-oriented ideas, games, lists of books, and new traditions to consider for your own family.
I love the simple ideas for Christmas (nothing expensive or time-consuming) that help us focus on others and the Lord. Also of interest is their even handling of the topic of Halloween, as this is such a controversial topic among Christians. I greatly appreciated their discussion and ideas for alternatives, and reminders to continually search ourselves and remember why we do what we do.
One of the handy things about Putting God Back in the Holidays is that it is set up so that each holiday's chapter can stand alone, so that you can use what is of interest to you. I would recommend this way of reading it, using what applies to your family's situation and leave the rest without guilt!
Putting God Back in the Holidays will be a useful resource for many Christian families, reminding us to put our faith in God first!
Check it out. This little book is only $2.99 on Kindle!
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