From Chris Marchand, author of Celebrating the 12 Days: of Christmas a guide for churches and families:
My Kickstarter needs to raise $4,500 by January 6 (the end of the 12 days at the Feast of the Epiphany). I have a book contract with Wipf & Stock publishers, but this amount will cover what I need to pay for an editor and to have the book typeset and ready to be published. It will also help me pay artist Blair Clark who is drawing the cover image. Please check out all the great rewards, as we are able to offer a sample chapter of the book, a high quality print of the cover, hours of podcast interviews, a personal consultation where you can ask anything you like about Christmas, and signed copies of my book.
I have always loved celebrating Christmas...except, sometimes it feels like I'm always trying to get back to a memory of Christmas from my childhood, to get back to the perfect Christmas...
As I've gotten older I've come to see that the only "perfect" Christmas is the one right in front of me, in the moments I have to live in the here and now. This has caused me to reach into the future as much as into the past, contemplating what Christmas might actually come to look like.
Growing up I had heard about the "12 days of Christmas," but had always wondered if there really was such a thing. "Christmas" as a season seemed to begin right after Thanksgiving when the decorations went up and people started playing their Christmas music. But then Christmas itself was only one day long. After December 25 it was all over and time to look forward to the new year...
Then, while listening to a podcast interview with Bishop Keith Ackerman I heard him list out numerous ways to celebrate Christmas as a season, as the actual "12 days of Christmas." Eventually it began to hit me: there are so many ideas out there for both time-tested and newly innovative ways to enter into Christmastime that they needed to be compiled into a book. For the past year I have been writing and researching for that book.
Now I need some help to get my project completed. Wipf & Stock is a great publisher who puts out high quality book on Biblical studies, theology, and Christian living. They often partner with up-and-coming or first time authors to get their books out into the world. Thank you so much for contributing to this project and helping me complete my book.
For the curious, here is a listing of the chapters. Each chapter on a particular day of Christmas will first go over the history of that day and then give a number of practices you can begin to make a tradition in your family, church, or community:
Chapter 1: Misconceptions and Frequently Asked Questions About Christmas
Chapter 2: The Meaning of Advent
Chapter 3: The Meaning of Christmas
Chapter 4: Pre-Christmas Traditions: The Feasts of St. Nicholas and St. Lucia
Chapter 5: Day 1: Worshipping on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Chapter 6: Day 2: Feast of St. Stephen/Boxing Day (December 26)
Chapter 7: Day 3: Feast of St. John the Evangelist (December 27)
Chapter 8: Day 4: Feast of the Holy Innocents (December 28)
Chapter 9: Holy Family Sunday (Sunday in between Christmas Day and New Years)
Chapter 10: Days 7 & 8: New Year’s Eve, New Years and Feast of the Holy Name
Chapter 11: Feast of the Epiphany/Epiphany Sunday
Risks and challenges
In order for the book to be completed this project needs to get funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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