Loving My Actual Christmas (An Experiment in Relishing the Season)

September 29
by Alexandra Kuykendall
Published by Baker Books

Loving My Actual Christmas: An Experiment in Relishing the SeasonChristmas, sadly, is a stressful time of year for me. I realize it is for others, as well. While I love to give to others, it can bring up feelings of overwhelm and inadequacy.  I struggle to come up with funds to cover all the gifts (after having three children’s birthday the two preceding months. Then I worry that the recipients won’t like what I wrapped for them. When it’s all over I fell guilt because I didn’t enjoy all the season was truly meant to be — celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Every year, I want Christmas to be different, yet they are all the same, at least so far. After reading a complimentary copy of the book below, I have new hope for the coming Christmases.



Loving My Actual Christmas Book Cover Loving My Actual Christmas
Alexandra Kuykendall
Baker Books
September 5

About the Book

The Christmas season is a particularly difficult time for women to slow down and relish what's right in front of them. An annual marker for many, it is a holiday that can often remind us how life is not going as we'd planned. Our family relationships remain strained, our finances stretched, and our schedules stuffed with too much to do in too little time. Following the formula of her successful Loving My Actual Life, Alexandra Kuykendall shares with readers her own personal experiment to be completely present in her life as it is during the holiday season. Addressing the themes of Advent and Christmas, she reflects on hope, love, joy, peace, and relishing the season, with practical pullouts on common Christmas stressors, such as finances, schedules, and extended family. Kuykendall's signature candor helps women go easy on themselves, remember what truly matters, and find joy in their imperfect Christmases.

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