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Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love and Joy Back into the Season Paperback – October 28, 1991
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Taking neither a secular nor an especially religious approach to how Christmas is celebrated, the authors are consistent in their desire for people to be intentional in how the holiday is celebrated. For example, they show through their research, the oft-repeated desire for the holidays to be more family centered, is encouraged by a slower approach to celebration, where different individuals in a family are encouraged to participate, rather than just one or two to carry the load.
The markers of modern Christmas - a big family meal with lots of gift giving and a smattering of religious observation are observed in the book as something that has sapped the life of what should be a restful, heartfelt celebration. Certainly stresses in families, due to divorce or other separating factors, combined with the notion of what Christmas is supposed to be, from the retail marketers contribute to how Christmas is often more trouble than it is worth for many.Read more ›
I have an unscientific observation. It seems to me the further away someone feels from the "perfect Christmas", the more money, time and resources they devote in pursuit of this unattainable perfection. Speaking from personal experience- there is not enough money, time, or resources that can produce this magical Madison Avenue promise.
It's July, and I just bought this book in the clearance section at Half Price Books ($2.00). Perfect timing!
The book had me at the preface. Although the women/men assigned roles do not reflect my life, I am able to hear the message that lies beyond the language.
To the authors: I've taken the Christmas Pledge and have started to gently share it with my family and friends. Thank you for standing up, speaking out.
If your Christmas cards routinely include an apology for being late and half of your holiday decorations are still in the attic, you are not alone. Let's admit it, the perfect holiday season should include a week off from work in early December.
This book can be a life saver, as it helps you focus on what parts of the holiday season are really important to you. I find the layout of the book easy to use and the structure it provides is priceless.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice ideas for finding new family traditions and activities.Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth T. Wright
A great book for those who are interested in leaving all
the hype & commercialism of the holiday season behind,
and simply enjoying true peace, contentment and... Read more
The book gave common sense suggestions on how to simplify Christmas and on making the Christmas season less stressful and more meaningful.Published on December 8, 2013 by Jean Howze
This book has been a great book and I would recommend it to friends that spend to much time stressing over the holidaysPublished on January 14, 2013 by Dianne Lahman
Jo Robinson is "a free-lance writer specializing in books about personal and social change," such as The Emotional Incest Syndrome: What to do When a Parent's Love Rules Your Life. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Steven H Propp
Makes you think about how you celebrate the birth of the Christ. Good suggestions about how to simplify the craziness that the Christmas season has become. Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Carolyn Martinez
There are few books that have changed my life. This is one of them. The essence of the book is to identify what you enjoy about Christmas and stop doing everything that you... Read morePublished on December 22, 2010 by Sue
I love this book. It has simple, helpful exercises that allow you to discover what the holidays mean to you and what you would like to keep and what you would like to toss this... Read morePublished on December 31, 2008 by Gus' Mom
I read this years ago, lent it out and never got it back. I repurchased a copy from Amazon. It's a little outdated but some of the thoughts never go out of style, such as... Read morePublished on December 24, 2008 by Trailing Arbutus