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I was keen to read Beth’s book after enjoying her 2 previous books. It is as good I as I expected. It invites you to question habits that you have acquired and suggests some really lovely ideas. The chapter on Gift Giving put into words what has been lurking around in me for years. I do like Christmas, but found I was a bit saddened by the displays in the stores as well as the notion in the magazines and TV that we should aspire to a perfect Christmas. This book really is calming and life affirming. Thank you again Beth.
A lovely book, full of inspiration, It helped me to take a moment or two to think about the true meaning of Christmas and that it doesn’t have to be full on with the madness the season often brings. I shall look forward to taking the time out each year to re-read this book and reflect upon the coming year.
I came across this precious little find on a social media post and so pleased I ordered it. I curled up and read it during our horrible November weather. It has been so nurturing and wonderful to read. I carried out the graphs with my husband and my mother, seeing which elements of Christmas were important to them. It’s so thought provoking and humbling. After discovering the author on social media, I saw she was doing a book signing and talk local to me. So I decided to go along, I am so pleased I did. The author Beth was so inspiring and humbling. This book was a lucky find and I’m looking forward to reading the authors other books.
I am a total Christmas lover and was looking for a book to help me make the most of every Christmas and here it is! I love this lady's writing style and the book prompted conversations with my partner about what he likes most about Christmas and how we can make it more fun and less stressful. It is January and I'm about to start making this year's Christmas cards and have already bought gift wrap, tags and some gifts. I can't wait for this Christmas to make it our best yet. I'm going to buy the paperback too so I can pick it up and dip into at random through the year.
I liked that this makes you think about what parts of Christmas are really important to you, though the answer was no massive to me. This has, in some way, made me think about prioritising doing things which align with these values. I also quite liked the way the book highlights that winter is naturally a time for rest and recuperation and yet we get all stressed, spend loads and eat crap. And also that winter is a melancholy, dark time of year so we need to just sit with the quiet and be. So I am going to think about looking after myself at Christmas and embracing the season as a time when we should be looking after ourselves and resting - like a hibernating animal!
It doesn't matter what subject Beth writes about, she does it in such a way that it's like talking to a wise friend. One that will hold your hand and be there for you no matter what. There are many questions to think about and writing activities to do (which I love, especially the questions, as it helps to clarify my thoughts having specific things to answer etc) I have read the whole book and done the activities as much as I can bearing in mind christmas has not actually happened yet.
If you want to look inside yourself, check in with yourself and work out what's important for you around Christmas time then this is the book for you!
I loved this book. Its small size makes it easy to hold. The hardback is beautiful quality, & the paper inside makes it something you want to caress. Then you start to read & get lost in new ways of looking at Christmas. Covering a multitude of subjects, from faith to childhood memories & into what's important to you & yours today, the author really gets you thinking about what you really want this Christmas, & Christmas's to come to be like. I've already made a note in my diary to read this book at the beginning of each Autumn, so I can get down to what & who is important to my family, making the season as stress free as possible. Thank you for this gem of a book, I urge you to read it too.. it's fabulous
Wow!! Everyone needs this book in their life. After reading Beths previous book I was very excited to add this to my collection and I haven’t been disappointed. This book gives you the opportunity to take a breathe and not only let the mind explore many memories that you have as a child at Christmas but to also re-visit what’s so important and prioritise/plan the most magical, most meaningful Christmas for my own family now. I have read this book from cover to cover twice now but also absolutely love dipping in and out of this book whenever I feel I need to relax and take a moment to realign.
I would recommend this book, I really enjoyed reading it and read it cover to cover. Beth really helps you to identify what is really important to you at Christmas and to those you will be sharing it with, as everyone’s idea of a good Christmas is different! I can honestly say it has helped me to see Christmas in a different light and I will be making a few changes to suit myself and my family better next year. There are also tips for the New Year which I found particularly helpful. A good, worthwhile read.
I shared my Christmas story with Beth and am so proud that she featured it in this utterly beautiful, captivating slice of Christmas. It was just a few lines, but having lost my darling husband just before Christmas a few years ago, it means the world to me. This book is the perfect gift - except you just won’t want to give it away!