Book review: Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year: A little book of festive joy by Beth Kempton


“A calm Christmas does not have to be a small Christmas or even a quiet Christmas.” [p. 121]

It’s a beautiful read which attempts to prepare readers for Christmas; calm Christmas. I read it in October which may seem to be too early, but actually no, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about the Christmas one wishes to have this year. The book mindfully guides us through the pre-, during- and post-Christmas times and through questions, stories and quotations coming from the author’s own experiences or those of her friends’ or the community’s. The reader may reflect/question/re-invent their own way of celebrating the festive season. The book is simply published, yet the magic is felt on every page.

And if you’re wondering whether there are any language-related digressions, I can only point out that the author has a Masters degree in Japanese.

What inspirational read on Christmas would you recommend? Let me know down in the comments.

Kinga Macalla

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