Total Christmas Makeover: a review

Christmas is my favorite! To be honest I just really love holidays and being festive, so since lots of other people feel that way at Christmas I enjoy it ten fold. I do advent with my kids, both the fun and the spiritual kinds, I started the tradition LONG before they could understand just because I love festivities. Yes I’m that Christmas-loving crazy lady. I enjoy traditions and hold them dear. I long to be focused on the reason for the season, and in our home that is faith and family. I also really love the baking, the parties, the decorating, and all the fun gayety that ensues.

All that said, Total Christmas Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra is going to be a focus for me this year. It has brief and pointed devotionals that will be easy and important additions to my days leading up to Christmas. I am really impressed with how much Spoelstra packed into this tiny book. It’s small size makes it so easy to take with me on the go, but also that much less intimidating to consider adding to our full holiday season.

I didn’t need to go much further than the introduction to know I needed to continue reading and that a revisit during the holiday season is a must.

This is my spot during the holidays. A cup of coffee in hand and a book in my lap. Why not make it something that focuses in on Jesus.

Each entry includes Scripture, some of Spoelstra’s thoughts, space for reflection in response to questions, and some practical applications. I love this format as it is totally doable and engaging. The book is split into three categories: ritual, relationships, and rest.  Spoelstra noticed these three elements were included in Biblical celebrations. Each topic has ten days of devotionals to explore and take you deeper. As my heart’s desire is to know God’s Word more so that I can know His character and His promises, I love the idea of diving into festivities in the Bible and to understanding them better as we approach the greatest celebration of all – the Savior’s birth. I really couldn’t put the book down, but the great thing is that the brevity of the entries make them so accessible and easy to do daily. I hope you will consider grabbing a copy of sending it as an early Christmas gift to someone you love.

In addition to adding Total Christmas Makeover by Melissa Spoelstra to my holidays I’m also adding in a new activity called Shepherd on the Search. It’s put out by DaySpring and we introduced “Shep” or shepherd to the boys a few weeks ago. He will make his first official appearance on December 1 and you can see a list of ideas I have created plus some other fun Christmas previews here – “Christmas is Coming.”

My boys will be so excited when “Shep” arrives for the Christmas season!

What kinds of traditions does your family do? What do you avoid during the holidays? I’d love your thoughts on gift giving. I always struggle a bit in that area as I love making thoughtful, homemade gifts, but I also like practical gifts or to give things I know people really want or will use. I also stay on a budget, but struggle to want to bless those I love. How do you approach this with your friends and family? Stay tuned for more thoughts from me.

I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the book:


Give your Christmas a makeover with this practical approach to help your family learn what it means to truly celebrate their Savior.
In the bustle of the Christmas season, it can be easy to get swept up in all of the things to do. But it’s important to pause and remember that our priority should be to spend time celebrating Christ’s birth and not forget to invite Jesus to his own party.
Christmas is far more than a celebration of an event from long ago or a modern holiday centered around shopping. Mindfully take time to listen to how God continues to speak through the Christmas story as the Gospel narratives centered around the birth of Jesus provide encouragement and revelation concerning the love of God and his wisdom for us today.
In Total Christmas Makeover, author and Bible teacher Melissa Spoelstra provides a practical approach for you and your family to turn your attention toward God’s grace day-by-day as you prepare for Christmas. This 31-day devotional presents key scriptures, ideas to implement with each reading, and questions for reflection to guide you in rediscovering rituals, relationship, and rest to connect you more deeply with Christ this holiday season.
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