Sacred Holidays: Less Chaos, More Jesus

Sacred Holidays: Less Chaos, More Jesus

by Becky Kiser

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ISBN-13: 9781535914123
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 98,940
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author


Becky Kiser is intent that women would fall in love with God’s Word, then feel equipped and empowered to live it out. She believes that women can live out their own wild story, just like the ones we see of God’s chosen in His Word, as they love Jesus and love people. She is the founder and CEO of Sacred Holidays—a ministry dedicated to helping women find less chaos and more Jesus during holidays through Bible study, community, resources, and lots of fun! She is determined to help women keep all the whimsy of the holidays, but help make them sacred—holy and set apart.

Becky has a background in marketing and ministry, and is a certified Myers-Briggs life coach, bringing each of those experiences into her writing. Becky and her husband, Chris, live in Houston, TX with their three girls.

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CHAPTER 1

REGRETS, BETTER WAYS, AND BABY STEPS

This is the beginning of a new way for you — a new season of making holidays more sacred — holy and set apart. You should be really proud of yourself that you are taking the time to learn about this and actually making some changes. It's worth it; I can promise you that right now. This will not be easy, but, friend, it is so worth it and you can do this.

How many times have we talked to older women and heard, "I wish I would've done or known that when I was your age"? Let's learn from the women who are ahead of us and choose a different way, the one they wish they would've chosen (the one that still isn't too late for you, if you would consider yourself to be the older woman). We can choose this way when we are twenty-two, thirty-six, forty-four, fifty-nine, sixty-seven, and older. We are never too old for this! Let's not live a life of wishing we would've done something. Starting today, let's live the life we were meant to live — free from regrets and taking one baby step at a time toward a better way!

Holidays have become this imbalanced juxtaposition of chaos and whimsy. We are stressed by the shopping and thrilled by the look on the faces of the ones we spoiled. We are exhausted by the parties yet so excited to get all dressed up to celebrate the day or the person. We are easily irritated by our families and absolutely smitten at the same time. We hate ourselves for eating more than we should yet cannot get enough home cooking and treats. And we're torn between our love for all things whimsical and our deep desire to celebrate Jesus in each of the holidays.

The last one is the hardest, wouldn't you agree? We love Jesus and want to follow Him, yet we struggle to make the holidays about Him. We are stuck doing things the way they've always been done. We are stuck celebrating just as the world celebrates. We are stuck celebrating the way our family has always done it before or the way pictureperfect posts on social media have told us to over the years. The idea of something new, even something sacred, feels a bit overwhelming.

REGRETS

We all have regrets when it comes to the holidays, and oftentimes it's the shame of these regrets that keeps us from thinking we are even capable of a better way.

My biggest regret during all the holidays is how I inevitably default to the thirteen-year-old version of myself. When it was New Year's, I used to set big (and unrealistic) goals for myself, resolutions that lasted all of a week. On Valentine's Day, I was more concerned about who was showing me love than loving others (and chocolate, really it's about the chocolate). During Easter, it seemed to be more about the dress (priorities!). Summer can be a whirl of trying to have as much fun as possible. Halloween feels like a slightly rebellious thing to participate in as a Christian. Thanksgiving is the physical proof I turned thirteen when I'm surrounded by every member of my family. Christmas, while a celebration of Jesus' coming, can easily be overshadowed by wish lists and events. And my birthday never quite seems to measure up to the expectation in my head.

I'm a mess. We all are. We feel like we should have it all figured out by now and don't understand why we don't.

What Regrets Surround These Holidays?

Ask your Father to remind you of holiday-related regrets. Give yourself time to really process this today. Then, remember that this is your book, your resource for years and years to come. So come back to this page each year and you can add to the list below. The reason why we want to name the regrets is because we want to clearly and specifically identify the things we do not want to continue. There is no shame in naming it. (Tip: be general only when it's referring to someone else. Sometimes it's best to just use the first letter of a name or a place, to keep this page confidential.)

NEW YEAR'S:

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VALENTINE'S DAY:

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LENT AND EASTER:

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SUMMER:

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HALLOWEEN:

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THANKSGIVING:

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ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS:

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY (INCLUDING YOUR BIRTHDAY AND OTHERS):

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BETTER WAYS

We women are masters at staying in shame longer than we should, but shame has never been ours to carry. I'm a total word nerd and absolutely love the dictionary (and translation dictionaries). Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines shame as "a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety. A condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute. Something that brings censure or reproach; something to be regretted."

We just made a long list of regrets, which can tempt us to fall right back into that trap of shame, leading to guilt. We are vastly aware of our shortcomings. Holidays are so sweet and so magical in so many contexts, but we have so many regrets. So we settle into shame and believe there is no better way.

Before we move on to a better way of approaching the holidays, we must clearly identify what is true and what is a lie. What is true is all the things you listed above. We all have regrets about past holidays — wishing that certain elements were different. Identifying each one helps us learn. But the lie becomes evident when we take on shame, which isn't from your Father in heaven. John 8:44 speaks into this concept, "He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his character, for he is a liar and the father of lies."

The father of lies, Satan, slithers right up next to the list of regrets we just processed and tells you, "Things will never change." He leads you to believe you will never get this right. He reminds you of others who have it all together (at least on their social media feed) and puts you in your place. He even tells you what a failure you are for not worshiping Jesus more during the holidays — holidays that are supposed to be about Him. He is the one who puts fear in us around holidays like Halloween or Christmas, causing more fear of the world than a love for others. Being a follower of Jesus in this day is so very complicated, and the enemy is taking every opportunity to slither up next to us and whisper lies in our ears, just as he did to Eve in the garden (Gen. 3).

When we look at our list of regrets above, we can listen to one of two voices: the voice of truth or the voice of lies. Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I come that they may have life and have it abundantly." I love how The Message translation by Eugene Peterson words this verse, "I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of."

Yes! Isn't this what you want, my friend? Isn't this why you picked up this book? You believe there is a better way. You believe there must be a way "more and better than you ever dreamed of."

A New and Better Way

Just as we listed our regrets about the holidays, I want you to make a new and "better way" list. This list depicts what could be — and dreams about what you wish and hope would happen during the holidays. Don't over-spiritualize this either. Keep the traditions and cultural whimsy that are good and life-giving. Then ask your Father what might be a better way.

NEW YEAR'S:

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VALENTINE'S DAY:

_____________________________________________________________________

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LENT AND EASTER:

_____________________________________________________________________

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SUMMER:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

HALLOWEEN:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

THANKSGIVING:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS:

_____________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (INCLUDING YOUR BIRTHDAY AND OTHERS):

_____________________________________________________________________

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I wish I could sit across from you now and hear these dreams God is creating in you. I know our tendency is to buffer our dreams just in case they don't come about. Here is what I want to encourage you to do, sweet friend: dream without the safety net. Abundant life in Jesus, as we defined earlier, is "more and better than they (that's you!) ever dreamed."

One of my favorite verses in all the Scriptures is the reality check that He is God and we are not, that is found in Isaiah 55:8–9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts your thoughts." Our Father takes such delight in our dreams and our faith. The reason why I love dreaming and planning is because it's part of the first steps of faith; it's our acknowledgment that there is actually a better way.

Then our Father takes it from there. He took Noah's first step and used him to build an ark. He took Moses — yes, the fearful-and-afraid-to-speak Moses — and used him to free the Israelites and part an entire sea. He used Esther, from the least favored lineage, to change a king's mind and save her people. He used David, the smallest of all his brothers, to kill the giant Goliath and become a king after God's own heart. He used John, a common fisherman, to be His most beloved disciple and be an elder to the early church for decades. He used Paul, a former persecutor and murderer of Christians, to be a major leader for the first followers of Jesus and writer of much of the New Testament letters.

We invite God into the dreams we hold in open hands, as we walk into each of these holidays asking and expecting Him to bring about a better way — one that is so much greater than anything we could ever imagine. We take the first steps, and He leads the path.

BABY STEPS

As I talk to women about making holidays sacred, I see it in their eyes: to change course feels so very overwhelming. Where do you even start? You start in one place and you pick one thing.

I'm an extremist, so I really struggle with this whole baby-step concept. I'm that person who is either 5 percent or 155 percent in. My closest friends and family know to never play a practical joke on me because I don't know how to respond without taking my reciprocal practical joke too far. It's one of the biggest pet peeves about myself, and most hilarious quirks. I have a really hard time with the whole "slow and steady wins the race" mentality.

So when I decided to change course with holidays many years ago, it was a little overwhelming, which kept me from doing anything. Actually, Pinterest kept me from doing anything because they had one million suggestions about everything. It took one search of the word Advent on Pinterest for me to quickly resolve to keeping things just as they had always been. And on that Christmas Eve, as I stood there with so many regrets, I knew I missed what was best because I stayed in ignorance, giving in to all-things overwhelming.

Let's not waste another year because these first steps seem too hard.

The very best thing you can do is "baby step" this process. I recommend that you choose one to three things each year and implement that. Get a strong foundation around that tradition and see how it works for you, then the next year implement the following thing. We will walk together through each of the holidays; plus you will create additional references to use for years to come. So all those awesome ideas you hear from others or see on Pinterest, if it inspires without making you crazy, you can jot those down in this book.

Doesn't that sound like a relief? Pressure is off, my friend.

Except there are a few of you who are stubborn and want all the change now. I get it; remember, I'm a fellow extremist. For any woman who has ever gone on a diet (which is most all of us), we know this — you can't lose all the weight on the first day. You can't even lose all the weight in the first month. Those who do lose weight quickly, typically gain most, all, or more back just as quickly because nothing really changed. Those who keep it off are the ones who slowly learned how to change their habits. We are also doing slow, committed change. I know that's not at all what you want to hear, but I wanted to lay all the cards on the table now. We can imagine that by the time we've turned the last page of this book that everything will be better. That we will have magically transformed holidays. I want to say I wish that was true, but I won't. The work is the refining part and it's the beautiful part of the journey too ... even if it just so happens to be the most annoying part.

When I started working toward losing weight with my nutritionist, Amber, do you know how we started? That's right, one baby step at a time. Week one my goal was to start eating breakfast. I mean, how silly is that? I'm a grown woman — it should be assumed that I can handle eating breakfast. It shouldn't have to be an assignment that includes talking to a nutritionist for an hour and taking an entire week to work on. That is shame, and we already addressed shameful thoughts. So for a week I focused on breakfast. We made a list of three go-to healthy breakfast options. I committed to eat before my kids woke up, since that was one of my issues was not eating until all kids were up, taken care off, off to school, or down for naps. I put myself last and forgot about the basics. Shame kept me from realizing this. Do you know what week two homework was? To start my day with hot tea, instead of three cups of coffee. Ugh, I know. I almost stopped this whole thing. We talked through the benefits of starting your day with hot tea first. So I do that now; I start my day with hot tea, then breakfast, and then I have coffee. She knows that coffee is one of the great loves of my life and that wasn't something I was going to give up, so we kept it. Each week we continued doing one thing and because of that, I'm still doing it all these months later. This hasn't been an extreme change, but a gradual one.

This, my sweet friend, is what I want you to consider doing. It will feel painfully slow at first. However, in five years, ten years, and decades from now when you've reset your entire holiday culture for yourself, your family, and, likely, much of your community, you will be glad you took baby steps instead of sprinted and quit.

Just like my nutritionist let me keep the things I loved, like coffee, I want you to do the same — keep the parts you love, take out the parts that aren't healthy, and add in the things that would make it a "better way." Making holidays more sacred doesn't mean we become one of those Christians. You know the type, and we will talk more about them at the end of the book.

FEAR NOT, FOR I HAVE

To close out this chapter, I want you to read Isaiah 43, keeping in mind everything we've discussed: your regrets, His better way, and the baby steps you are about to take. This chapter in the Bible is one of the most life-giving chapters for me and I hope it wildly encourages you. Don't skip this part; take the time to slowly read through it.

As you read, ask your Father to heal the regrets, silence the shame of the enemy, show you a better way, give you the courage and faith to take the next baby steps, and for an increased trust that He will lead you and that He is able. I'm going to encourage you often to write in this book to make it the most awesome holiday resource you've ever had.

• Read through this Scripture once and just hear it.

• Then read it again and circle all the references of God (His name or reference to Him in any context).

• Then read it one last time and underline all the actions He has done, is doing, or will do (for example, in verse 1 you would underline the words "created" and "formed").

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made."

Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears! All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, It is true. "You are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses," declares the Lord, "and I am God. Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?" Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "For your sake I send to Babylon and bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships in which they rejoice. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King." Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise." (Isa. 43:1–21)

(Continues…)


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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book (became it's different than other books you've read) 1

Part 1 Less Chaos, More Jesus (Read Now)

Chapter 1 Regrets, Better Ways, and Baby Steps 13

Chapter 2 Social Experiments and All Things Whimsy 27

Part 2 Holidays (Read 30-60 Days before Holiday)

Chapter 3 New Year's 39

Chapter 4 Valentine's Day 57

Chapter 5 Lent and Easter 69

Chapter 6 Summer 85

Chapter 7 Halloween 101

Chapter 8 Thanksgiving 115

Chapter 9 Advent and Christmas 125

Chapter 10 Happy Birthday 147

Part 3 Common Struggles (Read as Needed)

Chapter 11 How to Not Be THAT Christian 159

Chapter 12 Realistic Expectations 171

Chapter 13 Conflict, Drama, and All the Feels 181

Chapter 14 Budgets and Generosity 197

Chapter 15 Schedules and Plans 209

Chapter 16 Grief 217

Chapter 17 Santa and the Easter Bunny 229

Chapter 18 P.S.: Be Yourself and Be with Others 237

Acknowledgments 239

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Sacred Holidays: Less Chaos, More Jesus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
academy252 7 hours ago
Sacred Holidays is written by Becky Kiser and is an excellent resource for single, married, married with kids, empty nesters, etc. It is not limited to one group of people. This is a book that is also not limited to Christmas. It is packed with information, helps, encouragement and workbook features. This resource can be used year-round and is a resource you will want to use for many years to come. It is intended to be marked, underlined and written in as you move through each chapter. Sacred Holidays is divided into sections. The first section shares Becky Kiser's experiences as she sought to celebrate more "sacred" holidays with her family. Kiser shares how we can bring our focus of "less chaos and more Jesus" into a reality in our homes, too. She is encouraging and practical and focuses on changing one aspect of our celebrations each year until we are celebrating in a way that brings us joy. Her goal is not to overwhelm us but to help us find more Jesus and joy in our celebrations. In the second section she shares specific holidays and ways to bring a more spiritual focus to those days. She begins at the New Year and works through Valentine's Day, Lent/Easter, Summer months, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Advent/Christmas and birthdays. Each chapter has workbook space for you to record thoughts, plans, successes and failures and to plan for next year. The third section is my favorite. She addresses many common struggles that come up as we try to make changes. She addresses how to deal with people outside of your immediate family and all the opinions, expectations, conflicts, and drama that come up when you change the way you do things. She also addresses budget issues, schedules, grief and more. It is wonderfully written and she gently works us through issues that, more than likely, will arise along the way. If you are trying to celebrate more spiritually in your home this is definitely a book you can use. I would give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and will be recommending it to all my friends and family as the topic comes up... and it always comes up!
Anonymous 8 days ago
The month or so between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a busy time. There are always so many items on the to do list and events that fill up our calendars. In Sacred Holidays, Less Chaos, More Jesus, Becky Kiser helps us gain perspective regarding how we celebrate holidays throughout the year. Celebrations are obviously good things, but often we let all of the “stuff” surrounding the holidays overwhelm us. Unfulfilled expectations often leave us frustrated and disappointed, which defeats the whole purpose of celebrating holidays in the first place. Sacred Holidays is a very practical and interactive book that prompts the reader to think through why and how we celebrate throughout the year. There is a chapter devoted to each of the following “holidays”: New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Lent & Easter, Summer, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Advent & Christmas and Birthdays. I appreciate that Kiser offers do-able ideas to make all of these holidays “more sacred”, but encourages us not to feel obligated or pressured to do them if they are not a fit for our family. I can see myself using this book as a reference throughout the year, re-reading each of the holiday chapters a month or so ahead of time in order to be better prepared. There are also chapters regarding common struggles, to be read as needed. The topics include expectations, conflict, budgets, schedules, and grief. This is one of my favorite new books that I have read this year, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants less chaos, more Jesus!
Nikki_Long05 18 days ago
What an awesome book! I am elated that someone thought far ahead enough to take the pressure off the holidays for things and more emphasis on building lasting memories and building a solid Christian : Family time of memories. The workbook that goes along with the study is practical but truly based on Christian principles and FUN! I love the humanistic approach to taking in the beauty of the holidays and the reminders of what's truly is important. This makes not only for a great book but an even better life celebration - transformation! You won't do the holidays the same after reading this book.
FayJac 19 days ago
This is a workbook type of book, intended to be written in and used all year long. It is a great book for, as it says, having “Less Chaos, More Jesus” in our holidays. She is careful, however, not to be one of “those Christians” that spiritualizes everything about the holidays. She gives pages where you can write down what you like about the holidays, what you want to retain, what works and doesn't and gives ideas of new traditions and things you can do to make every holiday a sacred holiday. The book is written in three parts. The first is to read right away where she explains about how to get your heart ready for the holidays. The second section is where you read about the holiday coming up and take notes. The third section is on common struggles such as budgeting, grief, stressing out about the holidays, and even whether to teach your kids about Santa Claus and the Easter bunny. This book is for anyone, whether married or single, kids or not. She gives insights and tips for the holidays in every situation. I like the way she lets you personalize the holidays to fit your beliefs, personality and struggles. She doesn't tell you what to do in black and white. This is a great book to keep handy all year long or to give as a gift to someone. (Please Note: Although this book was provided to me to review by B&H and Lifeway, the opinions expressed are my own.)
Teadrinker 27 days ago
Sacred Holidays was a book that was different than I was expecting. . .in such a good way! This book by Becky Kiser is one I wish I had had when we were first married and starting out celebrating holidays. However, it is never too late to make changes and we will likely make some as a result of this book. Sacred Holidays is divided into three parts. Part 1:Less Chaos, More Jesus (read now) offers guidance on how to use the book and how to implement changes in your family's celebrations. Part 2: Holidays (Read 30 to 60 days before holiday) offers ideas and things to think about as you reflect on each particular holiday and how you want to celebrate it in your family. Part 3: Common struggles (read as needed) talks about aspects related to making changes to your holiday celebrations that you may want to consider and think about, such as your budgeting, scheduling, and realistic expectations. Kiser starts out Sacred Holidays by letting readers know it is different than other books that they've read in the introduction. I so appreciated her down-to-earth and quite "real" approach in her writing as I read this book. Kiser feels like the neighbor next door and like someone the reader is having a conversation with. She offers a lot of good ideas and things to think and pray about. If Sacred Holidays goes into another printing, there is only one thing that would make it better from my point of view and that would be to make the physical book in workbook size. The print is pretty small on some of the workbook pages for my eyes to see on this 5.5 by 8.5 inch book. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book and I wouldn't change a thing. This could be such a helpful book for many families. It would make a great wedding shower gift for young couples too I received Sacred Holidays from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Practical Game Plan For Less Chaotic & More Meaningful Holidays - Not Just Christmas & Easter! It's easy to look at this book and think it's just going to be about Christmas and Easter. It's not though! That was honestly a fear of mine when I picked this up. I didn't feel like I needed another book/person/organization telling me to make Christmas and Easter more Jesus-y. It delves into all holidays like birthdays, New Years, Halloween and more. ✨ It provides some fun, set apart, more sacred ways to celebrate those holidays that I hadn't ever given thought to and some I want to add in my life. Becky even explores our own hearts around holidays and what drives our celebration drawing us closer to Jesus even as we read and reflect on all things surrounding holidays. There is zero condemnation, zero eye rolls and zero shade thrown at anyone for how they celebrate, for the traditions they hold dear and for the ways that each of us live out holidays in uniquely differently ways that still glorifying God. This is a call to baby steps toward more sacred moments celebrating Jesus while providing a practical resource and game plan one can return to time and time again while seeking less chaos amidst the craziness of holidays - no matter what your stage of life is.
Leasha07 5 months ago
I struggle with expectation vs. reality in so many things and the holidays are no different. In fact that makes it worse! Becky helps break down the expectation in order to make the reality more focused on others and ultimately God. I love how the book is practical for me as a single woman but is applicable to moms as well. Each holiday is highlighted so you can prepare for them before the crazy begins but also the book becomes your journal as you think through what makes the holidays chaotic and how to change that. If you feel frazzled even before we enter holiday season ( doesn’t help that Christmas stuff will be up in a matter of weeks ) then consider sitting down and taking a minute to sort through the chaos and become more focused. You won’t regret it.
JulesQuilts 5 months ago
This is more than a book but a year round resource for every holiday! Yes, Christmas & Thanksgiving but also New Year's, Valentine's Day, and your birthday! Places to write down what you want to change, what you'd like to keep as a tradition, and then to update it as the years continue. A great family reference you'll keep going back to read. Easy to read; it is like she is talking to you!
MeganRowdy 5 months ago
This book is such a fun and needed read! There's sound and helpful advice for how to handle the inherent craziness that comes with many holidays. I think most people will find something to relate with when they read this book...I really appreciate the practical tips for things to do on each holiday. Many of them are budget-friendly, too! I also thought that the over-arching theme of managing expectations (other's and your own!) was really timely. Real life holidays aren't always Pinterest worthy and that's okay! *I received an Advanced Reader's Copy of Sacred Holidays: Less Chaos, More Jesus from the publisher. The opinion stated is my own. I have not been compensated in any way.*
Mason4498 5 months ago
It does not matter the size of your family, the amount of time you do or don’t have, or even your profession. The holidays come to everyone at the same time and can create an avalanche of feelings that can overwhelm even the most organized, grounded person. Becky Kiser has taken a subject that most people groan about discussing and made it fun to open up and talk about. Whether you are wanting to put more Jesus in your holidays or stop being so rigid with family traditions that nobody wants to be around during celebrations. The way Becky puts everything out in front is so relaxing and the fact the book is meant to be kept out and used over and over to continually enhance each season and celebration from birthdays to summer time to Christmas/Advent. With this book you can enjoy making the holidays your own and tweaking them for your family. I have not read a book like this before, and thoroughly enjoyed the freedom given to work out my own family’s wants and needs while receiving insight and ideas that have taken me down a different train of thought.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I'm so glad this book was written! It's more than a just a book, but a full-out holiday resource for ideas, planning ahead, remembering what worked and didn't work - all in the light of how to bring LESS CHAOS and MORE JESUS into each holiday. I will come back and read this book again and again! It's a nice light read that incorporates scripture and journaling to make each chapter memorable and worth referencing year after year.
woodmantwins 5 months ago
I have always loved holidays, but at the same time struggled with how to make them less chaotic and more meaningful. So when I saw Becky Kiser's new book, I knew I needed it in my life. Her definition of sacred- holy and set apart- spoke immediately to me. That is what I want my holidays to be! And Becky's book is filled with ways for that to happen in my home and life Usually when I think of "the holidays ", I think of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Becky includes great tips on these holidays, of course, but also includes ways to make other holidays, such as Valentine's Day, birthdays and summer sacred and meaningful. Her book is both informative and practical. I love learning about the history of each holiday and then having new ways to celebrate it. This book isn't one to be read thru and then put on a shelf. It is meant to be read and used as each holiday rolls around year after year. I love that it has space for journaling, so the sacredness of my holidays can be remembered and revisited year after year. I recommend this book to everyone who wants to find deeper meaning to their holidays, who wants them to be holy and set apart. (I was giving a copy of the book by the publisher )
Kelly Bosch 5 months ago
Y’all, this book. It’s practical. It’s instructive. It’s freeing. It’s part workbook, part conversation with your wisest friend. If every holiday feels like a whirlwind of unmet expectations, overwhelming burdens, and very little Jesus, you need this book. Becky Kiser walks you through the process of making every holiday holy and set apart, one baby step at a time. Each chapter gives you tips and tools to bring back the whimsy while focusing on Jesus. To help us let go of expectations and demands. This book is a resource, but it's also something to recharge your soul. Mark it up, read it over, and change your holidays for the better. I have already put into practice a few of the ideas I got from reading. If you’re tired of how special occasions play out every year, do something about it. This book will help. Don’t wait because it feels too hard. Don’t be scared to do the work. There is magic in the words God gave Becky. Read them and use it to find less chaos and more Jesus in your holidays. *I did get a free digital copy of the book to review from the publisher. Words and thoughts are my own. Nobody tells me what to think. ;)