Saturday, December 13, 2014

celebrating simple

Why do we feel the need to fancy everything up?  To make it bigger, more spectacular - mind blowing was how the barista described the new give away program they are offering.
I don't need Christmas to be any more mind blowing than it is.
We are slowly getting out decorations, and making choices about how much we will do this year.  We don't have small children around so we can do that.  The tree went up.  The nativities were next.  A small gathering of angels sits by the front door.  This sweet quilt hangs in the entry (a lovely pattern by Cheri).  Today I am planning to put up a few of our Santa dolls and nutcrackers.  And then I am focusing on celebrating simple.  Good food.  Some time with family.  Beautiful music.  I want to come out on the other side of Christmas with a peace and calm.
I started reading a new book yesterday - Found by Micha Boyett - and came across these lines that are speaking loudly into my life today:
"I need to know how to love God when all I have to offer is my daily chaos.  Mostly, I long to know a quietness in my soul, true contentment, despite my spiritual unimpressiveness.  I need to believe that my simple life really is a gift and really can be holy."

Celebrating with Ruth and friends today


Ramona said...

Juliann, I love the quote from the book - my daily chaos" is a phrase that resounds for me. Thanks for the reminder to celebrate simple.
Sometime we need to plan a get together. It would be fun to meet a fellow west coast blogger.

LInda Baie said...

I love the simplicity words, Juliann. You know how I've already de-cluttered a lot, but my granddaughter & I worked to decorate the tree last evening, & I see that more must be done. I've given my children ornaments dear to them, but now need to donate to others, keep just those special to me. I will appreciate it all more I think if I don't have to worry about dealing with "stuff". Love seeing your quilt-beautiful.

Janet said...

Sometimes less is just what we need. I was in the mall the other day and was bombarded with so much stuff that I did what I went for without the distractions.

Julieanne said...

I love the way you are celebrating the season slowly. Savoring all the parts of it. Food and all! I agree- so much of the beauty of it is the simplicity -- the bringing out of all the pieces we put away. Enjoy all of it! And yes, love our names :)

Carol said...

I love the quote too! I want to hunt down the book! Thank you! Carol

Kimberley said...

This is how I live my life. Sometimes I feel badly that maybe I'm not putting in enough effort, but mostly I think staying simple requires effort too. The effort to block out a world that is not okay for everyone any more. Thanks for the reminder that simple is better.

Lori said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the holidays. I can easily ignore the extravagant hoopla! It is very over rated!