Simplicity… oh if only the holidays could scream simple! This year, more by circumstance than all the choices, they are. My husband has had the flu for over a week. He starts to get better and then feels miserable again. I also, as the director of our Main Street program, plan 4 solid weeks of holiday fun for our downtown. That, btw, is way better than the flu. Both together means we haven’t really started our own holiday at all. Simplicity it is!

This is a series to kick out 2016 with all the joy I can stand.

What Simplicity Christmas Looks Like For Me

Gifts: I’m thinking that people need less. Like way less. I’m considering doing two gifts per person and a stocking and that’s it. (Doing means I haven’t started, which is how it goes.) This is the last year it is going to be just all adults and I want to savor in that a little. Kids mean stuff (although I know my daughter is going to try to do less stuff). This year we can just enjoy each other, play games, do a puzzle and unwrap just a few things.

Decorations: Usually we would have our tree by now, but with my husband sick he just wasn’t into going out and getting one. I’m going to go tomorrow and see if I can find one. I’m planning on white lights and possibly no decorations. For me the look of a tree with lights is all I ever really want any more.

My beautiful friend felt so bad on hearing about the the delay of our decorations gifted be a beautiful hand crafted wreath. It’s just gorgeous and looks perfect in the hallway/dining room/entryway (tiny house/cottage problems).

Food: We already do a simple hors d’oeuvres only Christmas Eve dinner. We snack, play games, do a craft all evening. It makes that meal simple. The snacks are beautiful and take a tiny bit of time, but it is relished over hours instead of the typical meal which lasts about 10 minutes.

We do a large breakfast, but now that I am grain/sugar free this could be challenging. We used to make orange rolls and a big breakfast casserole, but that won’t be in the works this year. I’ll just have to get creative and make something good, but good for us, too.

Dinner that night will be pot roast in the crock pot probably. Although I love to cook I have more fun just hanging out that night and have found something easy makes the evening just, well, simpler.

Simple to me means without fuss, spare, but not sparse, light and airy. I love the simplicity of decorations, less rushing to buy gifts and enjoying easy food. For some this might seem like the antitheses of the holiday, which by design, seems fueled with overconsumption at every level and if that’s your thing – go for it! For me I’ll enjoy a light filled holiday with friends and family.

Basically I live the “hygge” lifestyle already and should live in Denmark, Sweden or Norway. What’s Hygge? According to How to Hygge: The Secret to Nordic Living, “Every country and family has their own version. It’s kind of a zen-like state. Think mindfulness 2.0. It’s about relishing the simple things in life, stepping back and noticing the things that matter, but instead of looking inwards as you’re encouraged to in context of traditional mindfulness or meditation, it’s centred on looking outwards, restoring yourself socially and simple, everyday indulgences. It’s not concerned with perfection, it’s all about appreciation and living life well, but not necessarily by the book.”

“Hygge values the idea of cherishing yourself: candlelight, bakeries, and dinner with friends; a celebration of experiences over possessions, as well as being kind to yourself and treasuring a sense of community.” It’s about being cozy, calm and safe – and is THE trend for this winter AND in my house.

3 Comments on Simplicity – A Light Filled Holiday

  1. Kathy @ SMART Living
    December 12, 2016 at 9:28 pm (5 months ago)

    Hey Jackie! Great minds think alike don’t they? I just wrote a blog post about hygge for my blog this week too. I think it is the perfect word and concept for the holidays in so many ways. Let’s spread it around as much as possible. And if you’re okay with the link, here’s mine. Be sure and come by SMART Living and leave your link for my readers too! ~Kathy

  2. Anne Louise Bannon
    December 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm (5 months ago)

    The last few years, we’ve gotten a smaller tree. Less moving stuff around and still most of my fave ornaments on it. I did take the time to get Christmas cards out this year and I’m really glad I did. It’s a lot of work, but it feels really good knowing that I sent something uniquely human to my friends and family.

  3. Marisa
    December 13, 2016 at 1:16 pm (5 months ago)

    I love the idea of a simple holiday. I get so overwhelmed when people put so much energy into the preparations and activities for the holiday. Then I get sad because I didn’t get to spend nearly enough time with the person in the kitchen.


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