There’s a saying I have heard many times over the years… and that is “Christmas is for Children”
I’d actually say that
“Christmas is all about the Children”
I believe my job as simplybeingmum is to make Christmas a magical experience for my Children, and I don’t believe that I can personally do this by participating in my perception of commercialised Christmas.
Each year I try and simplify further, in order that I can spend time with the children in an unstressed state. So that we can all enjoy these precious years and have magical memories for a lifetime.
Today is the 2nd December. The UK has snow and lot’s of it – Hurrah! I love snow! It allows me to participate in my most favourite activity – ski-ing. It hides litter, makes the world look soft and lovely and slow’s everything down – it enforces a different way of life. A way of life I could get used to.
My Simple Christmas Pledge
- Meticulously meal plan to be ultra organised, to feed everyone well but to have little if any waste
- To not overcommit to activities, catch up’s and evening’s out
- To make my Children’s (and my Godchildrens, and Niece and Nephew’s) Christmas Cards
- Not to send adult Christmas cards, but rather to make a charitable donation
- For my Children to make their cards as part of a family fun activity
- To make small Christmas Cakes for close friends and family
- To declutter my decorations and only put up decorations that are ‘useful, beautiful or seriously sentimental’*
- To give simple gifts to family, gifts that are useful, thoughtful but not clutter
- To attend a Carol Service and do one trip to Santa so the Kids can tell him what’s on their list
- To play festive tunes in the house, and dance and sing with the Children
- For Santa to visit the Children, with conscious thought as to what presents he leaves
- To have lot’s of family time and ultimately for the home to be happy and stress-free!
Throughout December I will be posting my ideas, thoughts and tips on having a Simple Christmas. It’s a work in progress for me, and I’ll share what works and what doesn’t. I’d also love to hear what your plans are, and what tips you can share to make this Christmas the simplest and happiest yet.
(I’d like to thank my wonderful Sister for the incredibly beautiful, useful and now seriously sentimental decoration she gifted my Children yesterday. The picture at the top of this blog is the centre of an advent calendar she made. I will include a full image once it is hung ‘pride of place’ in the entrance hall.)
* the term ‘useful, beautiful or seriously sentimental’ is attributed to Anthea Turner from her TV series and book ‘How to be the Perfect Housewife’ – which I loved!