Waldron, Jan. Angel Pig and the Hidden Christmas (London: Puffin Books, 2000). Shows the joy of turning away from commercialism and making your own gifts. Ages 4-8.

Robinson, Jo, and Jean Staehel. Unplug the Christmas Machine (New York: William Morrow Publishing, 1991). A classic for parents (now in its thirteenth printing) on ways to decommercialize Christmas. Special attention is paid to the nonreligious. Adult.

Elliot, Jock. Inventing Christmas: How Our Holiday Came to Be (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002). A great, easy-to-read historical look the beginnings of the Christmas holiday and its traditions. All ages.


The Twelve Days of Christmas: has some interesting and unique secular holiday greeting cards ranging from combative to inspirational and from naughty to nice. Choosing the right one might be an interesting discussion opportunity for your family.

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