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A book on celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, a guide for churches and families, with suggestions and historical insights.
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Blair Clairk's initial drawings for the book (not the final cover)
Blair Clairk's initial drawings for the book (not the final cover)

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:

A look at Blair Clark's other work
A look at Blair Clark's other work

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

Family Devotional

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    Thanks! (and a podcast)

    You get a huge thank you and the hour long podcast “The Traditions of Christmas” featuring numerous interviews about different ways of celebrating Christmas.

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    Only the podcasts (5+ hours!)

    More than 5 hours of podcast interviews done for research on the history and traditions of Christmas. This reward is for if you're not interested in getting a book, but you're a fan of the PostConsumer Reports Podcast, and you want to support Chris's project.

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    Signed book

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    Fine Art Print

    A high resolution fine art print of the cover Blair Clark drew for the book.

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    Podcast Interviews and Signed Book

    Releasing in mid-December 2018, there are more than 5 hours of exclusive interviews Chris did researching for the book, talking to different experts and everyday people on the history and traditions of Christmas. Excerpts from these interviews will appear on the PostConsumer Reports Podcast at a later date, but you get the full downloads now! This includes the the hour long podcast “The Traditions of Christmas.”

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    Signed Book and Fine Art Print

    Signed Physical copy of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas book and a fine art print of the cover image.

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    Everything: Book, Art, and Podcasts

    Get the signed book, the print of the cover art, and more than 5 hours of podcasts about Christmas.

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    Consult Conversation

    An hour long conversation with Chris (over Skype or in person if you live close enough) where you can ask him any question about his research into Christmas or how to incorporate the practices and traditions suggested in his book. This is a great option for churches, schools, home school groups, or even families who are looking for insight into how to make the book practical. Also include the over 5 hours of podcast episodes.

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    Multibook Package

    5 Signed Physical copies of Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas book to give as gifts or to read in a group.

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    Multibook Combined

    5 signed copies of the book, print of the cover art, and over 5 hours of podcasts on Christmas

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    Christmas Workshop or Concert

    Chris will come to your church/school/home and either 1.) give a workshop seminar based off of material from his book, and consult with your staff for an afternoon. (Fee does not include travel and lodging costs. Those will be assessed at a later time), or 2.) Chris will also come to your house or church and put on a Christmas carol and hymn sing-along concert where he will weave stories about Christmas carols and Christmas history and traditions into performances of beloved and rare carols and hymns, (Fee does not include travel and lodging costs. Those will be assessed at a later time.) Chris will also come with 5 signed copies of the book.

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