Book Review: A Christ-Centered Christmas by Emily Freeman

Deepen the spirit that fills your heart and home this holiday season when you discover the meaning behind seven gifts of Christmas, each celebrated with an invitation from the scriptures and a simple tradition.

Each gift is based on a figure in a Nativity set, and the traditions can easily be combines with things you already do. This year as you prepare your home for the season, resolve to prepare your heart in a way that will lead you closer to Christ.

My husband and I had been discussing that we wanted to do something for Christmas this year to make it special. Our kids are getting a little older and only the youngest still believes in Santa Claus. We really wanted to focus less on getting and more on giving to others this year.

I have heard Emily Freeman speak at Time Out for Women and think she is a wonderful speaker and author so I was excited when I received a copy of her book A Christ-Centered Christmas to review.  As I started reading this book I realized this was the answer to what we needed to do to make this Christmas special. 

We have a nativity we set up each year but I opted to go purchase a new small nativity set that my children could handle without breaking to use in conjunction with this book.  There are 7 figures from the Christmas story that are used in this book.  Mary, Joseph, the Angel, the Lamb, the Shepard, the Wise Men & the Baby Jesus.  With each figure there is a song, story and activity/tradition to do to help keep the focus of the season on Christ.  The activities are simple and things that could easily be done or adapted to work in most families. 

We started tonight by talking about Mary.  Our 5 children were very receptive.  We now have a small nativity sitting on top of our TV with a the lone figure of Mary.  When we were done our 5 year old wanted to jump right in and start on the next figurine.

I’m looking forward to spending a little time each week from now until Christmas focusing on the Savior and the true meaning of Christmas.

Rating: 5 Stars

Source: From Publisher for Review