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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I truly felt this was a meaninglful book. It was written with humor and gave great ideas to fit into everyday life. We are all bombarded with stress at this time of year. It seems we only stop on the one day, the 25th ,to really think of the true meaning of Christmas. How great to put meaning back into each day of the whole season without adding any additional stress to our lives. I plan to personally use three of their ideas this year. Thanks to the authors for giving a deeper insight and a path to follow. Thanks to Focus for printing this book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I needed help putting some real meaning back in our Christmas. Things were much too focused on buying and decorating. I found real help in this book. The ideas are simple enough for anyone, and flexible enough to fit any family no matter who you are. It is more than a Christmas feel good book. It is full of meaningful truths and real help for real families like mine. I plan to use several of the original ideas this year. If you want help getting out of the Christmas shopping rut and really want to redeem your holiday, I recommend this great Focus on the Family book. We loved it and are giving it as gifts to others!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a dad, I found the book a great read. The authors weave the crazy mishaps and triumphs of their own Christmas and family experiences into practical ideas for a more Christ-centered Christmas. A reminder that Christ came not only to save us, but to be known deeply and richly by us, and that the natural out flow of "the one thing" is worship, and drawing others to the Savior.
I especially appreciated doable ideas for outreach during the Christmas season that are not corny.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 28, 2002
Format: Hardcover
These two authors bring wit and laughter into Christmas, yet based on the love of Jesus. Simple ideas for keeping Christmas season focused on the family, love, and Jesus are described through the experiences and antics of these two high-energy mothers and wives.
This book is highly recommended to families who want to simplify Christmas but have really clever activities for their families. Table Talk, Treasure Hunt Gifts, Prophecy Boxes, and many more ideas are fun possibilities for kids and parents. The book is also a fun read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
There are so many holiday books out there yet it is rare that one has something new to say. I love this because it has lots of new ways that I have never thought of to destress my Christmas and really making something worth celebrating. But it isn't a cold how-to or crafty book. It is full of funny stories and biblical insights that sort of wrap themselves around some very creative (but really simple) ways to put my family at the heart of the holiday without going overboard. It gave great ideas for sharing the heart of Christmas with those who still don't "get it" spiritually and some super stuff on taking time to worship Jesus and contemplate who He really is and why He is worth all the fuss. Get it and get one for a freind too!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is truley a Christmas blessing. It is filled with joy and love bringing the most precious gift Jesus Christ as the center of Christmas. It provides so many ways to share Christ with others and make Jesus the center of our lives in our own home during the hustle and bustle of the season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon November 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Kim Weir is a popular columnist and speaker, and Pam McCune is a teacher and speaker with Campus Crusade for Christ (or "Cru," as it's now known); they also wrote Redeeming Halloween: Celebrating without Selling Out (Holiday Series). They wrote in the Introduction to this 2002 book, "This book is filled with creative, fresh ideas designed to help you bring balance and fullness to your Christmas celebration... You will find that these ideas are founded on the principle that simple is better... They also do not require much in the way of financial resources. What are required are a willing family and a heart set on creating a meaningful Christmas." (Pg. 6)

Weir notes, "while my childhood Christmases pointed me in the direction of a meaningful holiday, it was the Bible that drew me the map." (Pg. 4) But McCune recalls, "When I grew up and got married, I expected our first Christmas as a couple to center on that beloved childhood tradition. Unfortunately, when Jerry and I were married our ministry schedule ruled out even having a tree. Our staff positions with Campus Crusade for Christ had us traveling the whole season. So for years tree day was just a memory." (Pg. 31)

They suggest, "One way our family shares Jesus' story is through the Christmas Nail. The Christmas Nail is an eight-inch spike that represents the nails used to secure Jesus to the cross. A card is tied to the nail with a red ribbon... we make a basket of these Christmas Nails and set it by the front door. Whenever divine opportunity literally knocks on our door, we're ready with a creative way to share the real purpose of Jesus' birth." (Pg. 59)

Later, they suggest, "we added the tradition of Prophecy Boxes. As a family we decorated 25 numbered boxes of various sizes in preparation for our new family tradiiton... In each box I put two different scripture passages. One passage was a prophecy about Jesus from the Old Testament and the other was the New Testament revelation of Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy. Also in each box was a special surprise for the children." (Pg. 85) They observe, "Christmas is a perfect opportunity to teach our children to give thanks for all the good and perfect gifts that come down from the Father. In our family, we do this by writing the very first thank-you card of the season to Jesus. After all, He is our greatest gift." (Pg. 103)

They conclude, "a fulfilling and spiritually rewarding Christmas begins with a personal investment made before the first ornament is taken out of the box. Redeeming the season for ourselves and our families begins when we first allow Christ to redeem our hearts." (Pg. 119) They add, "In contrast to a Christmas primarily centered on purchasing gifts, a celebration centered on Christian priorities will stand out and may even seem radical to some. (In other words, your in-laws might think you're nuts.) Your investment, though, will yield greater profits than you can ever imagine... when you make family worship a priority, you grow God's heart for His purpose in the world." (Pg. 127-128)

Christian families will find this creative book very useful for their own family celebrations.
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on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I haven't gotten to read every page of this book yet, but what I have read is excellent. There are a lot of solid Christ-Centered activities to do with your family that bring the real meaning of Christmas into focus during a typically frantic season. The authors are very clear that the book is meant to be a 'buffet' from which you select ideas that will work for your family at this season of your lives, NOT a step-by-step manual of everything you need to do in the month of December. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seeks to bring Christ to the center of their Christmas celebration.
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on February 1, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book was inspiring to me and my family. It gives 21 different ideas to help center your Christmas around the real reason for the holiday--Christ's birth. I tried several of the ideas this year, and it felt like our Christmas was more meaningful and less chaotic. I highly recommend this book!
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book was a huge dissapointment for me. I am a stay at home Christian mother of 3. It is the typical Christian "fluff" that so many publishers and authors are putting out. I might as well have picked up an arts and crafts holiday book. I am suprised that focus on the family affiliated themselves with this book.
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