Now in its 13th printing, Unplug the Christmas Machine remains one of the most comprehensive guides to managing Christmas stress and combating commercialism. Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli give readers solid advice on how to make their celebrations more spiritual and less materialistic. Practical discussions, such as shopping lists, holiday recipes, and family activities, meld with deeper issues, such as how to teach children that Christmas is more than a present or how to find meaning in the holiday when you're not especially religious. Robinson and Staeheli even delve into the mixed blessings of Christmas homecomings to help readers pass the true holiday stress test.
Jo Robinson is a freelance writer specializing in books about personal and social change. She is the co-author of four other books, including Emotional Incest, and the best-selling Getting the Love You Want. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and son.
Jean Coppock Staeheli continues to help people make changes in their lives through her work in the Portland Health Institute's clinical programs, graduate courses and workshops, and services to health professionals. She also writes about health related topics. Jean lives in Tigard, Oregon, with her husband and two daughters.
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 20 months ago 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
This book is perfect for those who need to de-stress from the manical demands of the holiday season. I read it in a couple of days ... Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by rebelmomof2