Better Homes and Garlands – Christmas Special

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In this special Christmas episode, step up to the challenge of releasing the desire to create the perfect holiday wonderland. Michelle reflects on the evolution of her Christmas celebrations, from meticulously crafted themed trees to the delightful chaos of family decorations. Discover the beauty in imperfection as Michelle shares her journey from being a multitasking marvel to a minimalist maven, finding joy in the simplicity of the season. The episode resonates with themes of hope, grace, and the profound meaning of Christmas beyond the trappings of decorations and busyness. Join Michelle in this soul-stirring episode that invites listeners to recenter their hearts on the true light of the season—Jesus—and to embrace the celebration of Christmas with open hearts and without an agenda.

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Show Notes

In the enchanting world of twinkling lights and pine-scented garlands, Michelle takes you back to her days of being a self-proclaimed multitasking marvel. She thrived on meticulous planning, DIY decorations, and themed Christmas trees that aimed for Better Homes and Gardens perfection.

Michelle shares her personal Christmas love story— a small-town teen farm girl, a shy curly-haired boy, and a quaint wedding at the little church where they first met. The magic of Christmas becomes the backdrop to a heartwarming tale of love, commitment, and the unexpected challenges that make the journey memorable.

What happens when holiday perfection collides with unexpected chaos? Michelle recounts a hilarious yet endearing incident involving a mischievous mouse and homemade gingerbread ornaments. The story takes a delightful turn as the pursuit of flawlessness gives way to the charming imperfections that make Christmas truly magical.

Transitioning from the pursuit of perfection, she shares the evolution of Christmas celebrations—from meticulously crafted themed trees to the joyous chaos of family decorations. Discover the heartwarming moments of children's laughter, handmade ornaments, and the artistic pieces that become cherished family treasures.

Michelle redirects the focus from the external trappings of Christmas to its spiritual essence. Delve into the biblical roots of the season, exploring the symbolism of light, hope, and grace. The episode resonates with the timeless message of renewal and restoration found in the true Light of the World—Jesus.

As the glitter settles and the scent of cookies lingers, Michelle shares a personal transformation from being a multitasking marvel to a minimalist maven. Find beauty in imperfection because the real magic of Christmas lies in laughter, love, and the occasional wonky-looking gingerbread house.

Michelle invites listeners to reflect on their own holiday traditions and the beauty found in the imperfect moments. Embrace the true gift of Christmas—the message of hope, grace, and the renewal found in Jesus.


Renewed Christmas Blessings book

(Kindle version is free from December 1–5, 2023) For sale on online bookstores December 1.

Launch party: 12 Days of Christmas — December 1–12, 2023

The free printables and bonuses are still available after the party ends. If you click on “Guides” and scroll to the section titled “Grab Your Free Bonuses,” you’ll find things like recipe cards, a holiday kit with printable gift tags and family fun ideas, a resource with some discussion starters for your holiday gathering, a Christmas card template, and more. Here’s a shortcut to that spot in the party content.

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