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Keep A Simple Christmas!

 Keep a Simple Christmas.


Keep A Simple Christmas!


Sounds like an easy concept, right? To embrace the beauty of Advent with faith, hope and love. No worries. No pressure. The way Christmas should be.

But we tend to be our own worst enemies when December rolls around. List upon list upon list and so much to do, make, buy, freeze, clean, organize, send... 

Of course this  year a pandemic may have calmed things somewhat. Or brought its own worries and pressures. 

I always went all out for Christmas. It was silly, really. And it took a bunch of years for me to learn my lesson, and that lesson was this: Put God first.


Now don't get me wrong. I love to bake. (And I need to lose ten pounds of delicious fall baked goods, my bad!!!!!) And I love decorating. The outdoor Nativity is tucked in its spot off the front porch and lit with spotlights.


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Great-grandma and Uncle Chuck's Santa and Reindeer are up and lighted every night...  And twinkle lights surround the front windows. 


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That doesn't make me unsimple, just so you know. It makes me festive! :) But I make time for those things I love at Christmas time now. Prayer. Contemplation. Music. Baking. Being with kids. Praising God. With some decorating thrown in on the side!


I asked the wonderful Seekers to share some of their simpler Christmas ideas and these wise women did not disappoint! Here you go:

From the wisdom of multi-published Erica Vetsch: 

My tip for keeping a simple Christmas...


At least one night in December, after the decorations have gone up, I take the time to turn off all the house lights, turn on the tree lights, and just sit on the couch and be still. No music, no Christmas movies on tv, no phone in my hand. Quiet and reflection and thankfulness. A bit of a reset in the middle of what can be a hectic season and schedule that helps me regain some equilibrium and peace. 

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Farm owner and award-winning author Pam Hillman offered this wisdom from her blog:


TIP ON FOOD: As far as food prep goes, I do indeed keep it simple around here. Every year, I prepare a big pot of potato soup, beef and vegetable soup or chili, and cornbread. We’ll have a couple of desserts, but this is what the kids prefer. A big pot of soup or chili is definitely simple and easy. 

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Debby Giusti has lived her life as a military wife. She's no stranger to sacrifice or having to make things special on short notice. Here's what Debby has to say:

In my youth, Advent was a time of preparation for Christmas, not in a hectic shopping or pre-Christmas party way, but in prayerful anticipation of the coming of the Christ Child. Folks didn’t decorate their homes until closer to December 25. Some people fasted during Advent just as is often done during Lent. Others cut back on their family gift giving and instead reached out to those in need. Over the last few decades, Advent has grown into a festive four-week celebration, but this year, mainly because of COVID, I believe we’ll see a return to the basics with a renewed appreciation of family and faith. So how will I keep things simple? More prayer, more quiet listening to the Lord, more preparing of my heart as well as my home for the Birth of the Baby Jesus.

 

Wishing all of you, dear friends, a peaceful Advent as we journey to Christmas 2020!



Our Texas gal Mindy Obenhaus chimed in with this (and I can relate, totally!): 

Cooking is my love language, so I like to deliver trays of cookies and candies to friends and neighbors. It’s like spreading joy one cookie at a time.

Ruthy agrees. Cookies are not only an equalizer, a treat that levels the playing field, but they are a conversation starter, a calming influence, a blessing and they're small enough that you can eat one or two and mitigate guilt. Being Catholic, we take our guilt most seriously! :)

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And my dear friend Mary Connealy made me laugh with this true and funny overview of simplicity:

As always I'm the dork here. I have no lovely, sentimental, faithful, beautiful words of wisdom.
But I really REALLY keep things simple at Christmas. So simple it's probably a jerk move.
I order 95% of my gifts online. And I do it early.(ok I can't think of an exception, so maybe 100%)
I fact, I think I'm done shopping except two. 

Keeping things simple.... Remembering Bethlehem. Putting the stable first. 

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." (From "A Charlie Brown Christmas" by Charles Schulz) And all the gals of Seekerville, the tall and the small are wishing every one of you a blessed and wonderful Advent season of preparation... and a beautiful Christmas. You are in our prayers!

AND....  we have several lovely books to give away today! 

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Two copies of Debby's "Amish Christmas Secrets" in a wonderful 2-in-1 with Vannetta Champman and 2 copies of Ruthy's newest Love Inspired "Finding Her Christmas Family".  Let us know which you prefer so we don't give you something you already have!

Multi-published and USA Today Bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne is blessed to be surrounded by SO MANY wonderful people in Seekerville and she likes telling folks all about it. Author of over 60 published novels and novellas, Ruthy is living her dream of publication and running a crazy fun pumpkin farm in Western New York. A mother and grandmother, she's often seen with chocolate (that she doesn't need) and coffee or Diet Mtn Dew (which she absolutely does need!) Friend Ruthy on Facebook, email her at loganherne@gmail.com or stop by her website ruthloganherne.com. She'd love to hear from you! 


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19 Comments on Seekerville: The Journey Continues: Keep A Simple Christmas!

  • Angeline
    on December 04, 2020 | 00:25 Angelinesaid :
    "Thank you for the reminder to keep Christmas simple, this is really important. I would love to win either book"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 04, 2020 | 05:14 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "I am tucking your name in! Good morning, Angeline!"
  • Mary Connealy
    on December 04, 2020 | 10:11 Mary Connealysaid :
    "I wrapped my presents yesterday. Two more coming...shipping, yet. I actually enjoy wrapping Christmas presents. Which isn't in keeping with my minimalist approach to Christmas. So that's 95% done."
  • Rachel Herod
    on December 04, 2020 | 10:26 Rachel Herodsaid :
    "This compilation of ideas from the Seekers is a treasure! It's tempting sometimes to compete with the photographs that pop up on social media showing our friends hanging all the lights, attending all the shows, hosting all the parties, organizing all the events, looking perfect while doing it, and let's not forget the antics of the elves on their shelves. It really is okay to keep it simple where we can, especially if that allows us to focus on our families and the activities we truly enjoy around the holidays.

    I would love to be entered for your book, Ruthy!"
  • Vince
    on December 04, 2020 | 13:25 Vincesaid :
    ""…spreading joy one cookie at a time."

    That's my favorite quote from today's post and it makes me think that the way to keep Christmas simple is to keep it joyous. If you say afterwards, "I'm glad that's over with"… well, it was not simple enough.

    Note: Debby's two books, "Amish Christmas Search" and "Amish Christmas Secrets" are special deals at this time on Amazon, Kindle format, for just $1.99 each. I think this is just for one day!

    BTW: I am fortunate enough to already own all the books in the drawing today, so please save my name for another day. :)
    "
  • Lori
    on December 04, 2020 | 14:02 Lorisaid :
    "I would love to win "Finding Her Christmas Family"
    I thank you for the reminder to keep Christmas simple. I tend to get wrapped up in all the fun and bright lights. But a reminder of putting Jesus first in my life is a daily thing that I need to remember. It was fun hearing about how everyone is trying to keep Christmas simple this year. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 04, 2020 | 14:54 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Ha, I love you! With things so crazy, I'm not sure what I'm doing for the littles. I'm targeting that this week. Maybe a mix of practical and totally impractical!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 04, 2020 | 14:55 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Rachel, happily entering you and yes... the Elf... oh my stars.... and hosting and organizing (both of which I do love) can take over your life in December if you let them.

    So nice to see you here!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 04, 2020 | 14:57 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "I shall do that, my friend... and thanks for the tidbits about Debby's books. We don't get notices about those things so we can't usually promote them, but they seem to self-promote so that's all right!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 04, 2020 | 14:58 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Hello Lori, quilting-lady! Glad you stopped by and gosh, I wish I'd learned this lesson a long, long time ago. But I've learned it now, and I have fun implementing easier fun ways to do things... and incorporating so many children.

    BEST EVER!!!!"
  • Missy Tippens
    on December 04, 2020 | 16:59 Missy Tippenssaid :
    "Ruthy, I love all these ideas. Thank you for sharing!

    I remember when you found those reindeer and refurbished them!"
  • Pam Hillman
    on December 04, 2020 | 17:10 Pam Hillmansaid :
    "Love all these tips on keeping Christmas simple. And I may be a tad jelly that Mary is done with her shopping. Bah humbug!!!"
  • Lucy Reynolds
    on December 04, 2020 | 19:24 Lucy Reynolds said :
    "I love keeping it simple but festive. I definitely have to have my nativities up. I wish hubby would let me simplify the meal. I would enjoy either book. Blessings "
  • Linda Sammaritan
    on December 04, 2020 | 20:58 Linda Sammaritansaid :
    "I try to bake cookies for family and friends throughout October and November, and I freeze them for the holidays. My decor stays simple. One 7-ft. Christmas tree and my nativity scene. While I have a few little house decorations, I like to wait for the grandkiddos to come and help decorate. They think that's special!

    I'd love to have either book. Merry Christmas!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 05, 2020 | 07:28 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "After Grandma and Uncle Chuck passed away and no one else wanted the HUGE display. :) I was so happy to get them... This year we're making some new antlers. Everyone has been repainted (including Santa and the all the reindeer and the sleigh) but the antlers need a jigsaw and proficiency, so that's the 2021 goal!
    "
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 05, 2020 | 07:28 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Cash is king!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 05, 2020 | 07:30 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "Agreed. And after all this time I have a system of what comes out when... and I used one of our farm buddies to bring out the reindeer and Santa this year on a nice day, before the weather turned. It's so much easier to stake them (our winds get fierce off of the lake) and light them in decent weather, but I have done it in less pleasant circumstances as time allowed. I realized then that early is better, Lucy!"
  • Ruth Logan Herne
    on December 05, 2020 | 07:30 Ruth Logan Hernesaid :
    "I love cookies and cakes and treats. They are my Achilles heel!"
  • Sarah Taylor
    on December 08, 2020 | 16:45 Sarah Taylorsaid :
    "Finding Her Christmas Family sounds like such an amazing story as I have read the other one Thank you for the chance!"
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