Living the Seasons
Simple Ways to Celebrate the Beauty of Your Faith throughout the Year
by Erica Tighe Campbell
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Pub Date 10 Nov 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Erica Tighe Campbell, owner and designer of Be A Heart, created this stunning, full-color guide to creatively celebrating the faith throughout the year. Living the Seasons is brimming with clever, doable, and beautiful crafts and activities; vivid photographs; brief introductions to the seasons and the lives of the saints; heartfelt notes of encouragement from Campbell; and original Be A Heart illustrations. This gorgeous companion will become your favorite resource for living your faith at home for years to come.
In Living the Seasons, Campbell offers imaginative ideas, effortless directions, and gorgeous photos of crafts, activities, meals, and snacks for a diverse variety of Catholic feast days, holy days, and seasons in the Church. She uses supplies that can easily be found at your local craft stores, party shops, or online retailers.
You’ll find ways to celebrate all of the Church seasons—Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, Ordinary Time—and Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, and feast days for saints from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas. And you’ll discover fun ideas and new traditions such as:
● throwing a baby shower for Mary;
● blessing your home in the New Year;
● celebrating Fat Tuesday with King Cake and a piñata;
● living like St. Joseph by spending time in silence and making a wooden baby rattle;
● constructing your own gratitude journal and rosary;
● making art for God, including a salt-dough Trinity wall hanging, an Assumption cloud pillow, and an orange garland for St. Nicholas Day;
● creating edible flower lollipops to remind us of the “Garden of Mary’s womb”; and
● baking “Cookies of Joy” in honor of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
Campbell will help you discover that the liturgical calendar, which follows the seasons of a year in the life of the Church, is a tool that can draw you—individually, as a family, or as a community—closer to God in the midst of a fast-paced and ever-changing world. Along the way, the saints we celebrate teach us that the path to holiness is worthy of pursuing in our own unique way. Their lives can inspire you to listen to how God calls you to follow him as well.
This book is designed to inspire you to celebrate the feast days that speak to you personally. You don’t have to start living liturgically on the first Sunday of Advent—you can begin your journey anytime during the year. You also don’t have to celebrate every feast on a grand scale.
There are projects for all ages and levels of skill—from simple ways to honor a saint’s feast day with your kids to more elaborate celebrations with family and friends.
You don’t have to be an expert crafter or chef or have the skill to create Pinterest-perfect projects: Living the Seasons is all about starting small and working on what fits into your life. Easy-to-follow instructions and online templates help you put everything together with ease. Leave this gorgeous companion on your coffee table for inspiration and it’s sure to become your favorite resource for years to come.
Be A Heart Design has more than 70,000 followers on Instagram where fans can find tips and ideas for celebrating feast days and liturgical seasons. Additional resources and downloads are available on beaheart.com.
A Note From the Publisher
She offers an original collection of textiles, accessories, party goods, fine-art prints, and award-winning calligraphy that models hope and light in the midst of personal and social darkness. The beauty of diversity inspires her artwork.
Campbell earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from DePaul University. She served as a missionary with Con-solatio in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. She is the author of Written by Hand and designed stationery for high-profile events in Los Angeles for many years.
She has been a guest on a number of Catholic podcasts and her work has been featured in Elle magazine and Goop.
“This book is bound to become my go-to resource for creating meaningful and beautiful celebrations in our home.”
Actress, producer, and comedy writer
“I can’t recommend this book enough. It is a gift for any Catholic home.”
Cohost of the Abiding Together podcast
“A warm, generous invitation into a celebration of faith that is sure to birth your family’s most beloved traditions.”
Shannon K. Evans
Author of Rewilding Motherhood
"My wife and I will reach for this book again and again to be inspired by the different ways that we are each called to follow God."
Catholic singer, songwriter, and recording artist
"Erica masterfully captures the essence of what it means to engage with the sacred in our lives, inviting us to experience the richness and beauty of our Catholic faith by living in the rhythms of our Church seasons. Through prayer, personal stories, reflections, crafts, and music, Erica invites us to embrace the seasons of the Church in such a beautiful and creative way."
Owner and creator of Pax.Beloved
“In this inspiring and practical book, Erica provides a toolkit for incarnating the beauty of Catholic traditions into your life and family.”
Founder of Monk Manual
“This book provides a busy mom with simple and achievable ways to live liturgically at home, all with the beauty and inspired aesthetic quality all Be A Heart fans know and love.”
Interior designer and life coach
“This beautiful book is jam-packed with amazing ideas and actionable tips that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired to incorporate liturgical feasts, saint stories, and holy days into your daily life in fun and creative ways.”
Founder and owner of In Honor of Design
“Erica’s relatable tone and easy how-tos make this book a go-to in my Catholic library—one I’ll reach for again and again.”
Owner and lead designer of House of Joppa