Episode 42: Loving My Actual Christmas with Alexandra Kuykendall


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Christmas is around the corner and we are determined to enjoy the season. In this episode we talk with Alex Kuykendall about her new book, Loving My Actual Christmas. You’ll hear us discuss how to fall in love with the season again, reflecting on themes of advent—hope, love, joy and peace—plus, practical advice on common Christmas stressors such as finances, schedules and extended family. We hope you’ll finish this episode with the encouragement to go easy on yourself, remember what truly matters, and find joy in your own imperfect Christmas.

Show Notes

Thank you to our sponsors, KIND Snacks and Lovepop Cards, two brands we LOVE and hope you’ll love too!

Alex has a ton of free printables on her website

The Advent Storybook for kids, great for 2-5 year olds!  

Melissa and Doug wooden nativity, miniature kids nativity, or Fisher Price nativity

She Reads Truth advent cards for kids (or consider their beautiful family pack with advent devotionals for mom and dad. These cards are great because they can grow with your family.

An advent devotional for adults that Lesley loves is: Silence: And Other Surprising Invitations of Advent

Ashlee mentioned the All Good Things Co. advent calendar. (which is no longer available, sadly! Check them out earlier next year!). 

Risen Motherhood has a great list of Advent resources on their site as well. We also loved and recommend Risen Motherhood’s latest episode: Celebrating Advent with Little Ones

Lesley mentioned Parker Clay leather handbags—so many options! Ashlee settled on this vegan tote for her wishlist. 

Val Marie Paper’s Family Creed journal.

All of our 2017 Gift Guides (so far - we've got a few more comin'!)

Ashlee's favorite leggings made from recycled water bottles. Also available in shorter length!