A penchant for simplicity doesn’t necessarily jive well with the holidays. There is an excess of invitations, shopping, ads, decorations, food, activities, expectations and comparison.
I’ve mentioned that I’m tired, and I don’t want to beat a dead horse. I do want to explain that at the end of each day, if I can say I have two healthy, fed babies tucked in bed then I have done my job. Adding extra to my plate can sometimes feel like I’m just setting myself up for failure. So, we’ve simplified quite a bit this year.
But a love of simplicity can steal the joy from Christmas. Sometimes going a bit out of your way is the only way to embrace the season. I toyed with the idea of not putting up our tree, but I’m so glad we “wasted” an afternoon and got it done. I decided not to bake cookies on my own, but we’ll do that with my mom at her house. Christmas cards aren’t getting sent this year, and I’m ok with eliminating them for a season. I didn’t nab an advent calendar, and honestly I think that was a mistake of over-simplification.
When Hayley asked me if I would want to throw a wreath-making party with her, I knew that was a lovely way to bring some joy to the season. We split up the work: I hosted, and she brought supplies to teach us how to make wreaths. Spending an afternoon with sweet girlfriends and having something handmade to add to my sparse Christmas decorations sounded lovely.
Hayley even made a video so you can host your own wreath-making party and teach your friends how to make a fresh, pine wreath or garland (practically for free!).
The process was SO simple and cheery, that I’m planning to make this a holiday tradition. We also chatted about the idea of having a wrapping party, where everyone brings their gifts and wrapping supplies and spends a few hours wrapping them together. I love that idea too, since you’re doing a “job” that needs done anyways in a festive way. I shared my finished product over on instagram, if you want a peek!