Longtime UU minister the Rev. Dr. Tom Owen-Towle, has written a book, Unwrapping the Inner Gifts of Christmas, to help Unitarian Universalists navigate the celebration of the holiday period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.
Owen-Towle writes, “Peddling Christmas as merely a holly, jolly affair diminishes the fullness of our humanity as well as the scope of the original gospel narratives. Here’s the key: When we bravely face, then embrace, the entire gamut of human emotions and experiences during December, we’re spiritually prepared to do so the rest of the year. We become whole persons whenever we willingly confront the whole of life.”
He acknowledges that emotions during the holiday period run the gamut from sadness to joy. The book has twenty chapters devoted to different perspectives about the holidays. It is $15 from the UUA Bookstore.