If you are dreaming of a slower simpler Christmas, you’ve landed in the right place. My motto this year is “simplify to create serenity.”
Close your eyes and think back to your earliest childhood memories of Christmas.
Try to remember everything you can about it. The smells, sights, and sounds.
For me, many different things come to mind.
I remember going out to my uncle’s land to find a Christmas tree with my mom and dad.
I remember the baking that started weeks ahead of time.
I remember the tiny tabletop silver aluminum tree that my grandmother put up every year. It was wrapped in a small snow blanket, the kind with glitter flakes and the only decorations were shiny red glass balls.
Here’s what I don’t remember; no one in my family seemed to be stressed out over all the many holiday to-dos.
Christmas was slower and simpler then.
I’m sure our family members had worries, but rushing around and creating HGTV worthy holiday rooms didn’t seem to be one of them.
I started pondering and craving this type of holiday season last year, and I made a vow to myself before November rolled around I would not let the external noise become the only thing I heard this year.
Keep It Simple Sister-Friend!
This is my anthem for Christmas 2017!
If you are standing up saying “preach” right now, let’s join hands and do this together.
I’ll picture us standing around a Christmas tree singing like the Whos in Whoville.
Are you with me?
I made the decision a few weeks ago not to participate in any holiday blog tours because I didn’t want to have any deadlines looming over me that would rob me of the joy I feel while preparing my home for the season.
Lately, it feels like if you don’t have your entire home blinged out before you’ve eaten the last of those Thanksgiving leftovers, you’re already behind. #SlowerandSimplerChristmas
I don’t want my family to look back and say “wow, remember how grumpy mom used to get at Christmas”!
So I’m keeping everything extra simple, and I’m doing it all at my own pace.
I was watching one of those organizing shows on HGTV one time, and the host shared the quote I included at the top of this post.
“Simplify to create serenity.”
A short but powerful phrase isn’t it?
If it doesn’t bring you joy or peace this season, let it go, friend, just let it go.
Slower Simpler Christmas
There are two things I’ve done differently this year to create my slower simpler Christmas.
First, I created a set of Advent candles. One of my fondest childhood memories while growing up in the Methodist Church was the lighting of the Advent candles and the readings which accompanied it.
I was so inspired by her that I decided to create my Advent candles. We’ll chat more about these in a moment.
The second thing I did this year, (this may sound a little weird) I grabbed one of those yellow legal-size notepads, and I walked from room to room thinking about how I wanted each particular space to look and feel for Christmas.
Have you ever done this? I can’t believe I haven’t tried this before now.
It totally changed the way I felt going into December. I had an intentional on paper plan, and it was liberating.
I usually feel like I’m gasping for air when December 1st rolls around.
Not this year. I feel surprisingly jolly and deliciously light like Mr. Scrooge when he realized he hadn’t missed Christmas!
Will you join me?
Before I close, allow me to share the Advent candles I mentioned. I’m sharing one with you today.
There are four candles in total which represent hope, peace, joy, and love.
I’m pretty confident we could all use buckets of all the above 365 days a year.
Here’s to a slower simpler Christmas season.
You might also enjoy How to Enjoy a Stree Free Holiday Season by Farmhouse Made.
I would love to have you follow me on my Facebook page, The Purple Hydrangea.
I plan on doing a live video next week to show you how easy and inexpensive it was to create my candles.
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With much love,
your sister in paint