We live simply so naturally we also celebrate a simple Christmas.
We’ve said no to busyness, consumerism and unrealistic expectations. Instead, we simply enjoy the season.
Here are some ways we’re celebrating a simple Christmas:
We give our children 3 gifts each.
This year our oldest is receiving a Thomas Wooden Railway engine, a Richard Scarry book and a pack of 3 pair of Thomas socks (socks sound boring but he saw them in a store a few months ago and has talked about them since then!)
Our youngest son loves farming so we’re giving him a toy piglet and goat to add to his little farm and a book about spring called Let It Rain. (We have the 3 other books in this series about the seasons Let It Shine, Let It Fall and Let It Snow. They are cute, simple books that are perfect for teaching toddlers and preschoolers about the seasons.)
Only giving our children 3 gifts may sound cruel to some, but it’s perfect for us. After all, we live in a small home and don’t like clutter! And, for those who feel sorry for our children because of our 3 gift policy, know that our boys have grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and great aunts who send them gifts so they’ll be receiving more than 3 gifts at Christmas.
While we try to focus on Christ’s birth as the center of the season, we have chosen not to observe advent by following any set of readings or activities. During this season of life with 2 small boys and a pregnant mama, it seemed like more of a stress than a joy to try to do something daily.
Instead, we’re reading picture books about Jesus’ birth and playing with our nativity, teaching our boys in fun, simple ways. (The stories about Christmas in The Jesus Storybook Bible are our favorites!)
No Santa or Elves in Our Home
We have chosen not to ‘do Santa’ in our family. We don’t believe Santa is evil, we just have chosen not to have Santa visit our home. Our boys still talk and sing about Santa, they just know he isn’t real.
If families choose to do Santa, that’s their decision, we do not judge other parents for their choice. For us, it just made sense to not have Santa come and bring even more presents to our children since we desire to live simply and not make Christmas all about stuff.
Since we don’t do Santa, there is no need for us to have an elf in our home during December. And, quite frankly, these naughty little elves seem like a lot of work for parents. By the time our boys are finally asleep at the end of the day, I’m too exhausted to do anything creative!
While I love homes that are beautifully decorated for Christmas, it’s just something I choose not to do.
We have a Christmas tree and that’s it. Our tree is a small, artificial tree that was given to us several years ago. It’s not a fancy artificial tree but it’s lovely during the evenings when it’s all lit up.
Our tree is decorated with kid friendly ornaments which my children still manage to break. (During the decorating of the tree we had 3 ornament casualties and have had several more since then!) And, our boys decorated the tree so the ornaments are just randomly placed. But, they had a wonderful time and were proud of their decorating and we used what we had – no going out buying brand new ornaments for a fancy color scheme of the year here!
We’re enjoying this Christmas season and excitedly anticipating gathering with family, having daddy off for several days and visiting with our parents in the weeks ahead.
What are some ways you keep Christmas simple?
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