This is the Day I Plan a (Sort Of) Simple Christmas

It seems like everyone is seeking simplicity these days.

In fact, as I write this, I’m sitting in a coffee shop eavesdropping on (I mean, overhearing) the two women next to me discussing how they are going to simplify Christmas this year.  One of them is going to adopt a two-gifts-per-kid policy.  One practical gift and one fun gift.  The other one is planning to make things like soup-mix-in-a-jar and reindeer shaped brownies off of Pinterest for all of her friends.  Both great ideas.  In theory.

But theory aside, I don’t like simple.  I want to like simple.  I want to be the mom who keeps things peaceful and simple and joyful for my kids during the frantic holiday season.  But there’s just something about the hustle and bustle and sparkles and lights that makes Christmas Christmas. And there’s something about seeing my kids racing down the stairs, squealing as they see piles and piles of presents under the Christmas tree that makes me want to buy them big piles of presents to go under the tree.

I love the parties.

I love the glitz.

I love wearing snowflake-shaped earrings and sparkly red tops and decking my halls with enough tinsel to make my five-year-old daughter swoon.  I love presents.  I love shopping.  I love baking piles of gingerbread cookies and delivering them to my neighbors in adorable (and far-from-simple) Christmas tins.

But I’m also a Christian and regardless of my tinsel-loving tendencies, I want Jesus to be central focus of Christmas.  For me and for my kids.  And I hate to admit this (even to myself) but there are times that the trimmings, trappings and sparkles stand in the way of the true meaning of the season.

And so, I’ve come full circle:  I like the idea of simplifying Christmas, but I don’t want to give up all of my holiday fun, but I also know that when I focus on material things, it takes my focus off of the real meaning of the season.  So, in an effort to compromise (with myself), I’m planning a (sort of) simple Christmas.  Okay, I confess, even reading that last paragraph makes me sound a little crazy.  But hear me out.

I’m going to do just a few simple things that will help take the focus off of things while still leaving room for some sparkling Christmas fun.  And over the next few days, I will share a few of those ideas with you so that you, too, can join me in having a (sort of) simple holiday season.

Will you join me?  Come back Monday to find out the first thing I’m going to do!


1 Comment

  1. Ah, the dilemma! I want to like simple too, but last year we simplified so much, we were all a bit let down.

    I love the fun and decorations and music and baked treats and programs and events that go along with Christmas. And I love the hush of my heart when I hear my husband read the Nativity story from Luke 2, the solemnity that accompanies lighting the advent candles, and the pricking of tears when I consider the sacrificial Gift that Christmas is really about.

    For me, it’s about finding a balance between the two extremes. I love the bustle, and I need the introspection.