The Season of the Nativity
Confessions and Practices of an Advent, Christmas & Epiphany Extremist
by Sybil MacBeth
"This gorgeous book is going to remain at my reading chair, dog-eared and bookmarked, all through the Yuletide season." -- Lauren F. Winner, author of Still and Mudhouse Sabbath
Sybil MacBeth's book of practices and activities invites individuals and families to enjoy this season in a way that has more peace and more Christ and less chaos and guilt.
From delaying the appearance of the Christmas tree to taking a nighttime walk to look at the stars, here are five ways for praticing a more meaningful, less chaotic Christmas season.
"Sybil MacBeth helps us see the Nativity as an entire season stretching from Advent through Epiphany, each day an opportunity for Technicolor grace." Read what author Jana Riess and others are saying about MacBeth's Advent book.
"The whole Nativity Season deserves to be relished. I want people to luxuriate in the fortyplus days called Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany…"
I especially like her challenge to become more intentional and devoted in the seasons that bookend Christmas. Her reflections and practices call us to learn to practice living in hope in Advent, and to open our eyes to God’s wider intent in the world at Epiphany!
Phil Fox Rose
MacBeth, like me, is a convert to the liturgical variety of Christianity, and this gives us both an even greater appreciation for its power.
Advent need not be the heart of the Christmas rush. It can be the heart of wonder and hope.
Amber M. Stamper
What occurred to me as I read this book is that what many of us likely are seeking when we find ourselves diving into the flurry of secular traditions of Christmas is a way of recognizing the importance of the season in a manner that extends beyond one single day of church going, carol singing, and gift giving.
MacBeth’s book is a colorful, creative book for people who feel exhausted by the mere thought of preparing for Christmas.