What we need and long for now are the gifts of time, meaningful family connections, periods of silence, a relationship with the divine, McKibben writes. How to give and receive the Christmas gifts that matters? Make homemade presents (he even offers a chapter's worth of great ideas). Give children coupons for zoo visits or an evening devoted to playing board games. It's likely that McKibben, a former staff writer for The New Yorker, could launch a national movement with this inviting and sensible concept. But no matter how many dollars you spend, factor the cost of this book into your Christmas budget! --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The history of Christmas is well researched and interesting.
This short book is both charming and persuasive in its quiet argument; this is a "must read" for anyone rethinking their way of celebrating Christmas.
He reminds us that the tradition of massive gift-giving at Christmas time is only a very recent one in this country.
My book group did this one as our December book. The author gives a very nice and concise history of how our needs have been reflected in how Christmas is celebrated. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandra Pasternack
One can learn the history (His Story) in how the 25th of December was determined to celebrate the birth of Christ other than dates previously put forth. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Evan G. Lassen
I am so glad to see this book back in print. I bought 4 more copies this Christmas to share with family and friends. The history of Christmas is well researched and interesting. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jo Anne Edwards
If you find that something is missing in this year's' holiday season, this is a must read. Making the Christmas season a time for renewal of family, friends and the beginnings of... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Edward Bennett
I got this book and gifted each of my children (5) with it this Christmas. They are all great young adults about Christmas and its REAL meaning, but it is a good read!Published 20 months ago by Angela R. Yargus
Bill McKibben is an environmental writer of other books such as Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet, The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing About Climate Change,... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steven H. Propp
From the title, you might guess this book is about saving money or Christmas on a budget. But mainly this book is about making Christmas matter more, and enjoying it more. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by M. Myers
This is not a 'how-to' book per se. I'd heard of this book years ago on a radio program during the Christmas season. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Edward Gallagher
I have had this book for a couple of years - I bet it will be an even more popular choice given the current state of the economy. Read morePublished on May 30, 2009 by courtlani