I purchased The Essential Advent and Christmas Handbook this year with the intent of using it. I devoured the entire book prior to Advent, but with the birth of my baby a month before the Christmas season, I was a little, um, busy. I did manage to use it for the Christmas-Epiphany season, but I am really looking forward to having a little time to devote to my own preparation of Christmas next year. Like its counterpart for Lent, this volume is another fabulous resource for all your personal Advent & Christmas needs..
The thing that I think I love MOST about this book is that it serves the needs of both those who are more tradition and more contemporary. As a base, the book begins with two different versions of each the morning and evening prayers. Want to know more about Advent? Continue to the next section which has a short history of Advent and some of it’s more well known traditions. Interested in bringing God into your home? Section three includes traditional practices of Advent, including the Advent wreath & various services that may take place in your parish.