Uncle Rick’s Holiday Book

Reviewed by Jonathan Lewis

Who doesn’t enjoy holidays? Looking at the Old Testament, God clearly values celebrations, using them as an opportunity to commemorate key moments in Israel’s history and to draw His people’s attention to Himself and what He has done for them.

As Americans, we have many holidays throughout the year—some religious, some patriotic. But how much do your children know about the background of these holidays? How much do they know about why we’re celebrating?

That’s where Uncle Rick’s Holiday Book comes in. Written by homeschool pioneer Rick Boyer, this book features a mix of both religious and patriotic holidays, including obvious choices such as Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving, as well as Flag Day, Columbus Day, Washington’s Birthday, and others. Each short chapter features the story of the holiday and why it’s worth celebrating.

At the end of the book is a section written by Rick’s wife, Marilyn, entitled “Ideas for Meaningful Celebrations.” You’ll find many ideas for bringing new purpose and meaning to your special days. If you’ve ever wondered how to help your family focus less on some of the more superficial traditions and more on the real meaning and importance of holidays, you’ll definitely appreciate this chapter. But keep in mind you’ll want to review this section at least a few days before each holiday so you have time to make plans and get ready for the big day when it arrives. For some of the bigger holidays (think Thanksgiving and Christmas) you’ll want to review Marilyn’s ideas even further ahead of time since you might want to implement some of the suggestions in the days or weeks leading up to the holiday itself.

The book features glossy, full-color pages with plenty of pictures throughout. With the exception of the final chapter on making the holidays meaningful, Uncle Rick’s Holiday Book is geared toward children. But although your kids could read it on their own, my recommendation would be to make it a family read-aloud. The stories are written in an informal, folksy tone that makes the book perfect for family reading time. On each special day, simply gather everyone together, read the story behind the holiday, and spend a few minutes talking about it. It’s a great way to give our children a greater understanding of why some days are special and why they’re worth celebrating.   

This review was originally published in the November/December 2015 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. Information and availability subject to change without notice.