remember the song
“have yourself a merry little christmas”
maybe it should say
“have yourself a simple little christmas”
a simple christmas.
i love those words
and what they stand for.
i know i’m a minimalist so i would.
really it’s as much about memories
that are simple too.
our christmases when growing up were very simple.
there was never a lot of money.
we had the good fortune of having
a christmas elf for a mother.
and the house was always filled with heavenly smells.
we would take walks in nature
or if there was no ‘nature’ like nearby woods
we would still take walks
and we were to be on the ‘lookout’
for things to make christmas tree ornaments from.
very exciting stuff to little ones.
then we would return home with our treasures
and fashion wondrous things
from pine cones
and acorn nests
and pretty dried weeds!
we watched christmas shows on tv
while we sipped hot chocolate
and ate bowls of popcorn.
(remember how she loved popcorn?)
if you’re new to the peanut
you can read all about her.
go to categories. choose the good ones.
scoll down til you see rena reed.
you won’t be disappointed!
but . . . . back to that simple christmas.
christmas can be simple you know.
even if you’ve spoiled your children rotten!
and they’re expecting tons of presents
like you’ve always bought
and even after they are rushed
from one day through the next
hardly knowing what day it is
and even after you have rushed and rushed
and are planning on saying yes to every single obligation . . .
maybe instead . . .
you’d like to
just make this the year
it’s a simple little christmas.
such good words to remember!
i love those words ~ don’t you?
so fitting for our life now too.
and we need to remember.
when we people
have only one speed
and it’s FAST FORWARD
and when yes . . . our children
are spoiled beyond belief
might be a little difficult.
it would be worth it.
it’s such a lovely thing.
a simple little christmas.
it might take some planning.
you might have to think
like my own beloved christmas elf.
she was a pro
at making special
but if you do make it simple
and about the right things . . .
not all the things the ads on tv scream at you to do . . .
and to buy. buy. buy. buy.
your own children or grandchildren
will someday look back upon
memories you’ve made for them . . .
with love and happiness in their hearts.
and they’ll secretly thank you.
my christmas elf
taught us to love what she loved.
we got to decorate holiday sugar cookies.
she loved christmas lights
so several times we would visit the areas where they twinkled merrily
i never saw anything this beautiful as a child. LOL!
twinkling lights are usually always magical.
it really takes little to delight a child.
and i still love to go “look at the lights.”
after viewing the lights we would go have ice cream.
that was a treat right there.
i suppose today it’s not such a big deal.
but then . . .
we’re building little holiday traditions here . . .
the trick is . . . every year just make it a tradition!
a simple little christmas tradition.
you probably already have your own.
most families do i expect.
if you don’t . . .
it’s what makes special memories.
and . . .
books are a wonderful way to do that too
you can borrow them from the library ~
and then if you like . . . eventually . . .
build your own little christmas library!
just buy a new one each year. only just one.
a seasonal one about the holidays.
and each year add one.
that makes it a special collection.
and after the holidays they’re put away until next christmas!
they are only read at christmas time.
that’s what makes them special.
there are multitudes of FABULOUS
holiday books for children.
i’ve always loved children’s books
i even still read them myself.
i set an evening aside every year to do just that.
it’s one of my own small traditions.
i fix a bowl of popcorn in honor of rena reed.
and then i read all my christmas books for children!
my favorite is
~ toot and puddle ~
‘i’ll be home for christmas’
make it a special time with your child or grandchild.
or if you’re alone like me . . .
even just for yourself!
have a good lamp.
turn OFF the tv.
have the lights of the christmas tree glowing.
and read all the favorites.
it’s the most wonderful snuggly cozy time of all.
and a real memory maker for sure.
even as adults
there is something magical
simple little christmas.
bob and i had our own holiday tradition in tulsa.
there is an outdoor mall that is particularly beautiful.
it is landscaped with huge old trees.
on thanksgiving evening
and a choir of people sing all the christmas songs.
happy popular music.
you can sing along while you’re standing there
in the cold night
under thousands of tiny white lights.
some people bring flasks of coffee and hot chocolate.
the shops were not even open.
(though these days i imagine they are)
it’s simply a time to welcome the season to come.
and it’s lovely.
one year it even snowed.
one thing a simple christmas is
NOT about . . . .
and that is . . .
BUY BUY BUY !
don’t do this to yourself!
don’t go down for the third time
in a sea
of presents and more debt.
it’s just more stuff.
and who really needs it?
none of us.
if we’re honest with ourselves and others.
this makes so much more sense.
if you have children in your life
they want you.
things and things and more things.
on christmas morning
it’s so nice to
have a special dish.
it can be anything you like . . .
but the thing is
to have it
every single christmas morning
that way it becomes special.
we’re making memories and tradition here
simple little christmas
lordy lordy! i can smell these right on the page!
the peanut will put her minimalist soap box away now.
i’m always hoping i didn’t offend anyone! LOL.
but you know about us minimalists . . .
i guess we’re so happy we just like to spread the word.
the simple life
is so joyous
in every way.
it’s all about
of the small things in life.
not the expense.
not the glitzy stuff.
not the ‘over-the-top’
not the latest and greatest must-have-that or else . . .
and if you’re not quite there yet . . .
it’s a lovely way to live this life.
all the time really. but especially now.
we don’t have to be stressed
at one of the most beautiful
times of the year.
and so . . .
if yours are still chaotic
and way too expensive
and not even that much fun anymore . . .
my wish for you
a simple little christmas.