Cheers To Simplicity This Holiday Season!

I am choosing simplicity this holiday season.

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No elaborate Christmas light display this year for us. – Which means we didn’t spend the $1000 (?!?) to have our home professionally lit by off-season landscapers. Who does that? (Sadly, quite a few in our neighborhood.) Except for our two tasteful mini-lit trees flanking our door and the traditional candles in each window, I’ve convinced my husband to skip his traditional fling-up-to-see-what-branches-the-Christmas-lights-hit approach to decorating our yard. Seriously. One thousand dollars? You could feed a small village for that amount.

No lugging every single Christmas decoration box up from the basement. After a day of decorating, I called it quits. The tree is up. The stockings are hung by the chimney with care. I have my favorite advent calendar, a homemade advent wreath, a¬†creche, a few favorite Santas and snowmen. But that’s about it. I looked around and thought, this looks festive enough. Key word = enough. Less clutter. More time for baking. Sounds good to me. And to my kids.

No guests to entertain for the first time………well, ever. The Jane household will be empty-ish. Just us. Me. Husband. Three adorable children. It will be quiet. It will be sane. It will be easy. Compared to years past, when we’ve entertained 3-4 weeks straight, of various out-of-town relatives and friends, this holiday season will be a breeze!

No laundry list of gifts to purchase. After working two food drives and our typical Salvation Army bell ringing stint the boys have decided they have too many toys! Well, that and the fact that they would love a pricey handheld gadget this year and knew they’d have a better chance of receiving it if it was the only thing on their list. I don’t care. Less shopping for me, less wrapping for my husband. Win-win-win.

No menus to create. I’m gonna stick with the standbys. Honeybaked ham, scalloped potatoes and bacon brussel spouts for Christmas Eve. Turkey, turkey fixin’s, green beans and lemon cranberry jello salad for Christmas Day. My famous-I-can-make-it-in-my-sleep-cranberry-relish will grace both meals. Come to think of it, all the above recipes I can make in my sleep. Holiday cooking this year will be a piece of pie! Probably apple. I haven’t decided yet.

No jam packed weekends for the month of December. My husband and I sat down and actually said no to a few invitations this year. It felt naughty but now our weekends look nice. Relaxing even. We’re actually looking forward to the few things we have penciled in. What a concept.

No blogging schedule to follow. For a few weeks, anyway. I’m taking a break to enjoy the season, enjoy my family and enjoy the peace and quiet we are actually going to be able to enjoy during this frightfully busy time of the year. I haven’t left. I promise not to disappear. But I’m taking a bit of a long winter’s nap to recharge.

Wishing you all a very Merry, Happy, Joyful, Restful, Relaxing, Healthy, Peaceful, Simple Holiday Season and New Year!

(And provided the doomsday prophets aren’t right and we find the Mayan’s new calendar, I’ll see you next year!)

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9 responses to “Cheers To Simplicity This Holiday Season!

  1. Ah, I’m relaxed just reading this post. Hope your holidays stay zen!

  2. Sounds like our plan! Have a wonderful Christmas with your family. It all sounds exactly right.

  3. Sounds like a lovely way to spend the holidays. I love that you said No to a few events. Liberating, I bet?

  4. We’re scaling back on the gifts, too. It just gets ridiculous, you know?

  5. Time, budget, and logistics make simplicity an increasing “must” in our household. And the fact is – I think I prefer it that way!

    (Methinks the Santa on the beach has the right idea…)

  6. Yes! We do only a tree. The kids make a wreath from things they find on walks. We have a low-expectations party in which we cook nothing, prepare nothing, and spend an afternoon smiling and relaxed. No menus, no plans. Except gifts for the dogs at the shelter and the people at the other shelter, we’re doing only small tokens. Let the grandparents shower the kids with gifts. Or not.
    And the decorating? If I wanted to see Christmas vomited all over I’d go to Target. Or the grocery store. Gross. Embarrassing. Stop it already with the displays of joy. Just be joyful.

  7. Hope you’re having a good holiday Jane.

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