this book has very recently been published by Iona Books… Doing December Differently: An alternative Christmas Handbook (by Nicola Slee and Rosie Miles). These ladies kindly did a talk for the ‘generous zone’ at Greenbelt when I asked them to on this topic… my link with them is that they had already asked if they could quote me in their book! It’s not every one gets quoted in a book, so I was quite excited, but the bit they extracted (from my Church Times article on ‘generous xmas’ last year) was v boring… anyone could have said it imo! (p153, re xmas trees)
Still, I am happy to have been a small (if boring) part of the book… and I have since found quite a large chunk of stuff that was also ‘extracted’ from that article (and been altered just slightly and a few bits added, but not much) pp 134-135, in case anyone’s got the book in front of them, which is highly unlikely!
there’s an awful lot in it; i haven’t digested it all yet, but am working on it.
Highly recommend if for anyone disilusioned with the whole commercial side of the season.