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A Companion for Advent & Christmastide

Coming September 2024 from Rabbit Room Press

Tangible acts of feasting and celebrating have suffused Lanier Ivester’s home all her life. But alongside her love of festivity, she’s wrestled with profound losses that have reshaped the landscape—both around her and within her. These coexisting forces of great grief and great joy come together in a place called the Ruff House, where Ivester’s story (lavishly illustrated by Jennifer Trafton) not only reminds us of the inescapable presence of sorrow, but shows us how to celebrate and anticipate the return of glad and golden hours in the midst of it.


Like Robert Farrar Capon’s Supper of the Lamb, this is a book that defies the trappings of a mere cookbook or a collection of craft projects. It’s an embodiment of a rich theology of Creation, of what it means to be human when everything is both falling apart and coming back together.

At its heart, Glad & Golden Hours is a companion that will lead you through the seasons of Advent and Christmastide, illuminating the deep reality of the Kingship of Christ and our invitation into the richness of the Feast to come.

* Includes over 70 recipes and more than 200 illustrations.

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“If you are tired, or disillusioned, or curious about shaping a holiday season that makes present the astonishing fact of God-with-us, then consider this book my gift to you. It is not a manual or a how-to, or a glorified to-do list, but a companion, in the neighborliest sense of the word. The recipes and crafts in these pages, even the suggestions themselves, are merely that: suggestions to help you contemplate your own holiday with creativity and significance. It is, above all, an invitation, regardless of your age, marital status, or living situation, to experience Christmas as a place of rest—not in spite of, but in the very midst of the merriment of these glad and golden hours.”

Lanier Ivester

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