Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Simpler Christmas

Most moms I encounter these days have the same frazzled look about them. They are trying to balance pre-holiday baking, shopping, and cleaning. They're helping kids memorize lines for programs and trying to figure out how to turn a pair of brown sweats into a reindeer costume. They are signed up to contribute to five bake sales this week and three gift exchanges next week.

But, most importantly, they are expected to be cheerful.

'Tis the season.

So when we were driving through the pasture awhile back, this sight caught my eye.


I wondered what Christmas was like in this home.

I imagine it was a simple affair.


I'm pretty sure it didn't require late nights of online shopping or tiresome mornings of trying to get the kids to sit still for the yearly Christmas photo.

I'm a little jealous of the way Christmas was at this house.


On the other hand, I really like my indoor plumbing.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm...when I read books like "Little House on the Prairie," I am sometimes wistful about what Christmas COULD be like. Then I remind myself that no one can force me to join the hype. But I still do...

blessedmomto7 said...

Yes, I agree, much simpler but I love my heat too :) We have tried to scale back this year with all the madness!

Rebz said...

Your post title caught my eye over at Northview Diary. This will be our second year of simple Christmas. This year we are extending it to our extended families. We let everyone know early in the year that we plan to give homemade gifts only and that we expect nothing in return. No price guidelines, no lists, no hard feelings.
So, we are helping make Christmas a bit more simple for those around as well, spreading the love. LOL.
Anyway, I believe I will be back to read more from you.
Have a great Monday.

Mum-me said...

It is a bit sad when you stop and think about how frantic the Christmas Season has become. (I spent a 'tiresome' half hour last Sunday morning trying to get the yearly Christmas photo.)

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

It would be nice to have a simple Christmas. Quiet. Homemade gifts. Amen. And ditto on the indoor plumbing!

Anonymous said...

My grandmother talks of Christmas in earlier days, growing up in the country with meager posessions. Imgine only 1 mandarin orange per family member, savoured Christmas morning. How times have changed.

Anonymous said...

Love this post! I often catch myself wishing I could capture a Christmas like they had back then... and yet I too am quite fond of my indoor plumbing, electricity, a washer and dryer...etc! They probably slept better back then though.
Good post.

Angelena said...

love the photos. Reminds me of Little House on the Prairie.

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