7 Ways to Finish Strong this Christmas

Peace during Christmas

 

Dear friends,

My son has finals this week, and his high school posted this message: “Finish strong.”

It’s such a good reminder–not only to stay focused on school work right up to the last day, but also to stick with holiday goals like simplifying and saving money.

If you celebrate Christmas, you . . . → Read More: 7 Ways to Finish Strong this 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.

5 Ways to Simplify and Enjoy a More Peaceful Holiday Season

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Preparing for a Guest Inspires the Best Christmas Ever

Some years ago, my friend’s mother in Norway decided to come for a Christmas visit. She would arrive for a long stay on December 1, so my friend worked hard to get the major holiday tasks done ahead of time. Her November was quite busy . . . → Read More: 5 Ways to Simplify and Enjoy a More Peaceful 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.

Learn From My Mistakes This Holiday Season

Since you’re reading a happy simple living blog, perhaps you hope to simplify your holiday celebrations and have more fun this year. Me, too! Let’s join hands and vow to have an easier, more joyful, peaceful holiday this year. We can do it.

Be Vigilant in the Coming Days

The decisions we make . . . → Read More: Learn From My Mistakes This 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.

10 Ways to Enjoy a Happier, Simpler Holiday Season This Year

Some years ago, a friend’s mother-in-law traveled from her native Norway to spend Christmas with the family. She was to arrive December 1 and stay for 3 1/2 weeks, so my friend spent November in a frenzy of preparations so that everything would be ready for her mother-in-law’s visit.

But then something extraordinary . . . → Read More: 10 Ways to Enjoy a Happier, Simpler Holiday Season This Year

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.

Don’t Fall Off the Christmas Eve Day Spending Wagon

I love Christmas Eve. We always go out for a festive dinner and attend the candlelight service at church, and my inner child still feels the excitement and anticipation of Christmas.

But Christmas Eve day is another story. I’m acutely aware of some mysterious force that tries to draw me and my wallet . . . → Read More: Don’t Fall Off the Christmas Eve Day Spending Wagon

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.

A Season of Stuff – 7 Ways to Prevent Holiday Clutter

Our homes fill up with things a little at a time. Stuff creeps in gradually, until one day we open a closet and realize we can’t squeeze in another single item.

We’re about to enter a season filled with new things arriving on a regular basis–presents, Christmas cards, holiday goodies, calendars, and much . . . → Read More: A Season of Stuff – 7 Ways to Prevent Holiday Clutter

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.

Cinnamon Crispies to Make Ahead for Christmas Breakfast

Here’s the recipe I promised to share with you for the Cinnamon Crispies I prepare ahead each year for Christmas breakfast. I usually make a batch of these at the end of November and tuck them in the freezer. I cook some bacon or sausage the day before Christmas and refrigerate it. On . . . → Read More: Cinnamon Crispies to Make Ahead for Christmas Breakfast

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.

Create Your Custom Plan To Be All Done By December One

 

Want your house to look like this? Maybe start hanging lights today. Photo by Michael Gill.

Today marks exactly five weeks until December first. If you’d like to have all or most of your holiday tasks done by then, you might like to jot down a little plan so you can get . . . → Read More: Create Your Custom Plan To Be All Done By December One

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 – Your Ideal Holiday Season

Photo: TRF Mr. Hyde

Many of you tell me you’re hoping this year’s holiday season will be different in some way. Perhaps, like me, you’ve struggled in the past to get everything done by December 25 and you long for a simpler, more meaningful celebration of Christmas. Maybe you’re tired of running yourself . . . → Read More: All Done By December One – Your Ideal 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.