UNPLUG the Christmas Machine
Posted October 18, 2013on:
The most popular and effective workshop for simplifying Christmas continues to be Unplug the Christmas Machine. The Leader’s Guide is now available FREE, just in time for a November workshop in your church or group!
Unplug the Christmas Machine: A Complete Guide to Putting Love & Joy Back into the Season, by Jo Robinson & Jean Coppock Staeheli is THE CLASSIC for simplifying Christmas for secular-minded folks or people of faith. With thoughtful suggestions, creative exercises and answers to often-asked questions, this book helps people create celebrations that give them joy and satisfaction.
Leader’s Guide to the Unplug the Christmas Machine Workshop guides leaders to create a four-hour workshop that helps participants clarify their beliefs and make realistic plans for more joyful, meaningful celebrations. A Participant’s Manual is included and can be photocopied. A free audio version helps leaders prep.
More details and recommendations from Alternatives’ volunteers who have used UNPLUG, such as. . .
“Thanks for your work on protest against the commercialization of Christmas and focusing on Simplicity! The last two years I have been blessed to teach the course.” (Kristjana G. Eythorsdottir, Reykjavík, Iceland)
“I used it as a Sunday School offering. It’s good quality and promotes values we need to embrace.” (Renee Rico, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City, UT)
“It gives do-able, sensible alternatives to frantic Christmas practices.” (Barbara Kaetzel-Row, Picture Rocks, PA)
“It is a great resource, easy to use. I plan to hold a workshop for church couples group.” (Ellen Reeher, St. Paul, MN)\
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For SEASONAL HELPS, including links to AV and Text resources, see the show notes for SLW! podcast episode 6. Most of Alternatives’ audio resources for Christmas are part of the “Whose Birthday?” podcast series.
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To access individual episodes: #1: Getting Acquainted | #2: 5 Life Standards | #3: Saga of Simply Enough | #4: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-1 | #5: Beyond a Consumer Lifestyle-2 | #6: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?-1, featuring Let’s Get Off the Christmas Roller-Coaster, inspired by UNPLUG the Christmas Machine | #7: Whose Birthday?-2, featuring Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Coming next episode: “What Does JESUS Want for Christmas?”
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We at Simple Living Works! believe that simple living really does work! Voluntary Simplicity, choosing to live simpler lives, is a faithful, satisfying and effective lifestyle. Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011. Simple Living Works! web site home page | THEMES/Seasons Index | Submission guidelines for Whose Birthday? 2013 | Issues 1-24
Peace, Gerald ”Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist