12 Ways to Have a Simpler, Happier Christmas

 

Dear friends,

What if this year, our holidays were a little easier?

What if we did fewer things, and enjoyed the season more?

What if we spent less, and didn’t take on even one dollar of debt?

What if we felt rested and content, instead of tired and stressed?

These are some thoughts . . . → Read More: 12 Ways to Have a Simpler, Happier Christmas

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

7 Ways to Slow Down and Savor These Precious Days

Peace sign Christmas ornament | Happy Simple Living blog

 

With 12 days remaining until Christmas, it can be easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and miss the simple pleasures of the advent season.

If you long to slow down a bit, here are some ideas:

1. Get up 15 minutes early. I love the quiet of the morning, when . . . → Read More: 7 Ways to Slow Down and Savor These Precious Days

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

12 Days of Holiday Stuff for 2016

Christmas tree toilet plunger

‘Tis the season for holiday shopping, when our friendly retailers try to convince us that every surface is fair game for Christmas decorations.

Back by popular demand, we present our annual “non-shopping guide” to help you resist the retail call and enjoy the gift of a simple, peaceful Christmas season.

Here are this year’s picks . . . → Read More: 12 Days of Holiday Stuff for 2016

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

9 Ways to Enjoy a Happy Simple Holiday Season

Peaceful church

Photo: ForestWander.com

Two weeks ago, I wrote about enjoying more peace during the holidays. Many of you have shared your stories about simplifying, which I love hearing:

“Last year, I decided not to put out the 85-piece snow village,” writes Lauren F. “Instead, I arranged some candles and fresh pine boughs on the credenza. . . . → Read More: 9 Ways to Enjoy a Happy Simple Holiday Season

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

All Done By December One Starts in Two Days

My son showed me that funny video last week, and I had to share it with you because it tickled my funny bone. Plus, it’s a perfect lead-in for a question:

Would you like this holiday season to be filled with more laughter and joy, and less stress and spending? “All Done By December . . . → Read More: All Done By December One Starts in Two Days

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

One Real Family’s Real Simple Christmas

Our good friends Jerry and Beth McDonald announced in early November that they were going to simplify Christmas this year, and spend the money they saved to take the family on a ski trip to Colorado. Just like Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the movie “Christmas with the Kranks,” Jerry and Beth . . . → Read More: One Real Family’s Real Simple Christmas

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.