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Last week I wrote a post for moms about how I’ve come to realize that simplifying Christmas creates peace on earth (ok at least in my home and heart!) I’ve realized that every year, in letting things go, and curating the best of the best traditions in terms of what works for my season of life. leaves me more peaceful, and allows us to really celebrate a simple Christmas in a meaningful, calm way. This is usually opposite of the messages we are inundated with every day from October on so it definitely takes purposeful planning and a straight path (with blinders on when walking through any store in the autumn months!)
A Simple Christmas: Decorating
That does not mean I do not enjoy the season-it just means I focus on what I really do enjoy instead of rushing. We decorate our tree very simply with a few strands of lights, and mismatched ornaments. I do not have a themed tree-well I guess I do it’s called the explosion of memories theme! I tried in the beginning of my mothering years to follow this trend or that and realized I was just wasting time and money, and really the little handprints and the ornaments St. Nick gifted the kids were the ones that were meaningful after all.
We also have a nativity scene where we have collected a piece each year. We have stopped doing this as we have no more room in the manger.
We have a few more simple decorations throughout the house-everything we have fits in 3 totes that are stored in the attic.
A Simple Christmas: Baking
I love to bake but my kids seem to want the same traditional recipes again and again. I rarely try anything new as sometimes that leads to baking burn-out-the regular meals don’t stop, and sometimes I like to leave the kitchen!
Here are some of our favorites:
A Simple Christmas: Gift-Giving
Over the years of gift giving I have found that the simpler, less cluttery, and more useful toys last through the generations. Here are some posts where I list some of the toys and gifts that have been hits. I wrote about how I have come from a place of stress and anxiety about gift-giving to an easy to organize peaceful and VERY simple process. The key is in the method! Choose a traditional way of giving gifts-the same method every year (like 1 gift from Santa, two from parents, or 3 gifts like the wise men gave) and keep the list small and manageable and affordable for outside the home-even buying the same things every year simplifies things even more. (My Dad gets a long sleeve t-shirt or flannel from me every year.)
All our favorite toys, games, books and my favorite things posts can be found here.
I know that some out there adore all things Christmas and love decorating to the hilt and shopping and dozens of traditions, and of course, if that suits you, go for it! With many children, and as someone who likes a routine, calm and steady life, choosing a simplify Christmas has helped me truly enjoy it so much more, instead of become exhausted and overworked.