I used to describe the holidays as a “bucket of stress.”
I worked right up to the day before Christmas eve, I spent more powder than I could afford on plundering, I spent my week off marauding all over the state, from one gathering to another, and got scurvy from eating nothing but sugar. Me crew was feeling mutinous, and I couldn’t wait to get back to high seas!
Then, as I embraced simple living, I began to think, “There must be a better way.”
Of course, there was. Over time, we began to stop trying to do it all and create a Norman Rockwell holiday. Instead, we found traditions that worked for us.
And as I talked to other minimalists, I learned that I was certainly not alone in my efforts to rethink the holidays. In hearing other people’s ideas, we were able to create a holiday season that was not just low-stress, but actually fun.
It is in that spirit that I am offering you our first Simplify the Season calendar. From Black Friday until New Year’s Day, you will receive daily e-mail tips on:
- Routines and Organization
- Holiday Preparations
- Family Fun
- Mental Decluttering
- Giving Back
A group of us have been working together to offer you a variety of ideas. You will be receiving posts from me, but you will also be hearing from these bloggers:
- Lois from The Eco-Grandma
- Lizzi from Considerings
- Jessica from A New Leaf
- Ewa from Online Counseling
- Dale from A Delectable Life
- Eliza from The Fearse Family
- John from Practical Civilization
- Lyle from The Joy of Simple
- Christy from The Simple White Rabbit
- Meg from Westernization of Wayfarers
- Maryn from The Well
- Mindful Riot from Mindful Riot
- Connie at I Suck as a Parent
Interested? For only $1.50, you will receive the daily e-mail tips as well as a PDF version of the calendar with your last post. The profits will all be donated to a charity, which will be unveiled later this week.