Renee Robinson shares a seven-day approach to focusing readers attention on the story of Christmas and the reason for the season. Each day has different sections: Remember, Read, Reflect, Rejoice, and Research. The Remember section encourages adults to recall holiday memories, then families are to read part of the Christmas story from the Bible. Afterward, readers are to reflect on the meaning of the Scriptures, rejoice over what God has done, and research where classic traditions come from. As an accompaniment to the book, Robinson has included her website information where readers can sign up for her email mailing list and receive templates to make ornaments together as a family and also to make a family journal.
This is a very small book, but good things come in small packages. I think the seven day approach is perfect, especially for busy families with short Christmas vacations from school! Parents can complete the book with their children while they are on vacation. Robinson does share suggestions for alternate pacing guides if readers prefer to complete the book over a series of weekends. I also think the length of each day’s reading is perfect, especially for use with younger children. I like the way Robinson offers suggestions for discussion questions broken down by age group.
The only criticism I have for the book is that I wish I could download the templates for the ornaments and journal pictures without signing up for an e-newsletter. However, I do like the way there are choices for sizes in making the ornaments. The pictures are nice and the ornaments might make nice gifts.
All in all, this is a nice book to use in focusing our attention away from the commercialization of Christmas and back to the purpose of the holiday. If you are looking for a way to make Christmas more meaningful or new family traditions, this would be a good book for you.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookCrash in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.