028 // Tips and Traditions for a Meaningful Christmas – K.C. Ireton, Jody Collins, & Sandi Sutton

In this episode, Emily Allen talks with authors K.C. Ireton and Jody Lee Collins about Advent and celebrating the Christmas season in a meaningful way. In an additional segment, Emily chats with Sandi Sutton, the creator of an ebook with the most-loved holiday traditions of 21 different Christian writers.

Click here to download your copy of 11 Ways to Minimize Holiday Stress (For an Intentionally Calm Christmas)

Guests on this episode:

K.C. Ireton is the author of The Circle of Seasons: Meeting God in the Church Year and Cracking Up: A Postpartum Faith Crisis. She’s currently the writer-in-residence for Velvet Ashes  an online community for women serving overseas, and also writes for The Cultivating Project and Grace Table. She lives near Seattle with her husband and four children.


Jody Collins is a vibrant speaker and retreat facilitator, and new author of Living the Season Well: Reclaiming Christmas. Recently retired from over 20 years of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. Jody and her husband call the Seattle area home where she loves spending any extra time in the garden. You can find her writing weekly about faith/life discoveries at


Sandi Sutton is a wife, mom of 5 awesome kids, writer and photographer. She is passionate about reminding women of God’s grace and restoration in the face of their pain and brokenness. She writes about real life, while leaning hard on grace and JESUS at

Download your copy of Traditions, A Holiday Collective 


Essays on the Kindred Mom blog from the “Quiet Christmas” series:

Giving Birth in a Barn – Faith Raider

A Quiet Christmas – Tresta Payne

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