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The Season of the Nativity

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

About the Book and Author

About the Book and Author

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.

Five Ways to Experience an Extreme Advent

Five Ways to Experience an Extreme Advent

Sybil MacBeth

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.

Praise for The Season of the Nativity

Praise for The Season of the Nativity

Various Authors

"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.

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

Sybil MacBeth

"The whole Nativity Season deserves to be relished. I want people to luxuriate in the fortyplus days called Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany…"

Praying in Color Blog

Praying in Color Blog

For more creative ideas for practicing your faith, visit Sybil's blog Praying in Color, here.

Author Q&A: Sybil MacBeth

Author Q&A: Sybil MacBeth

"We often think of prayer as being very serious and very reverent, but I have this sense that God likes a playfulness about our prayers as well."

Book Roundtable: Continue the Conversation with our Bloggers

A Wider Season

A Wider Season

Elizabeth Nordquist

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! 

A Treasure Trove for Fellow Extremists

A Treasure Trove for Fellow Extremists

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.

This Holy Moment

This Holy Moment

Bruce Epperly

Advent need not be the heart of the Christmas rush. It can be the heart of wonder and hope. 

A Holiday Revolution

A Holiday Revolution

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.

Preparing for Advent

Preparing for Advent

Kyle Cupp

MacBeth’s book is a colorful, creative book for people who feel exhausted by the mere thought of preparing for Christmas.

Video Q&A with Sybil MacBeth

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