Small Town Simple

The Simplicity Adventures of a Mother and Daughter

Plain, Simple, Selfless & Few

“Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity.  Reduce selfishness, have few desires.”  Lao Tzu

The holiday season is quickly approaching and we are about to be (if not already) inundated with shopping lists, crazy advertisements, and seasonal décor on every store aisle we walk down.  November and December are busy months in our house with several birthdays and the holidays.  But since embracing simplicity, I am learning that the holiday season is more fun when I do less.

Keeping my attitude toward simplicity isn’t always easy.  In fact, it can be very difficult not to succumb to the happy jingles of the advertisements.  Believe me, they call out my name every time and I feel a sudden urge to go to the store.  But the mall and the big box stores are not really what this time of year is supposed to be about.  It’s about spending time with the people we care about.  It’s about good food and conversation.  It’s about love, giving and faith.

Manifest plainness by keeping out the stuff.  Keep your décor simple as well as your mindset through the hectic season.

Embrace simplicity with your gifts.  Make something with love instead of buying one more unnecessary item.

Reduce selfishness by only asking for someone’s time.  Ask them to spend an afternoon with you to catch up with one another.

Have few desires and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season that don’t include a store.

If we truly embrace these qualities, is it possible that we might actually enjoy ourselves more?  So this year, instead of running around frantically trying to find that last gift, keep these little notes in the back of your mind.  It’s not about the dollar amount or the quantity of gifts, it’s about people coming together.

xo, Lauren

2 Replies

  1. For me it’s ironic that I’m starting to embrace minimalism because I write radio & TV commercials locally for my city. Sometimes I feel guilty encouraging people to buy, so I try & think that I’m helping people find solutions to their problems. Personally, I’m purchasing less. I don’t want to feel my home with clutter & even more stuff. Last year, I didn’t put up half our decorations, and I really enjoyed a more simplified Christmas look around the house. It was very serene & peaceful. Which is what we all need during this crazy time of year.

    1. Holly, I think it’s great that you are pursuing minimalism on a personal level. I hope your holiday season stays peaceful!

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