This gorgeously-designed book is a guide to celebrating the rhythm of life's calendar of events, as well as the Christian liturgical year, focusing on God's love in our lives. Greer weaves her own faith story with original recipes, crafts and entertaining ideas, creating a vibrant, personal narrative that is a modern take on timeless traditions. A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together is a wonderful resource for those looking to celebrate some of the traditional Christian holidays that typically don't show up on a calendar (but are constantly mentioned in classic 18th- and 19th-century books).
When the author, Jerusalem Jackson Greer, moved to Alaska, she was exposed to a number of holidays she knew nothing about. After she married, she decided to look into many of these holidays to start her own family traditions. This book, a beautiful paperback with clear colorful pictures, starts with winter and moves through the seasons. The author takes you through various recipes, crafts, and games for the holidays. While she does not go into a lot of detail about the holidays, she does give you a number of ideas for each. Greer also tells you a little something about her family throughout each of the holidays.
Winter includes: Advent, St. Lucy's Day, Christmas Day, St. Stephen's Day, Epiphany, and Candlemas. Spring includes: Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, The Season of Lent, St. Joseph's Day, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Holy Saturday, and Easter. Summer includes: Pentecost Sunday, Corpus Christi, St. James's Day, and Ordinary Time. Autumn includes: Holy Cross Day, Michaelmas, All Saints' and All Souls' Day, and Christ the King Sunday. Paperback 224 Pages
Jerusalem Jackson Greer is a writer, blogger, speaker, and an Episcopal Family Minister.