Hey there! Welcome to the series, A Simple Christmas.
If you are feeling like the holidays have become too busy, overwhelming and a source of stress for you and your family – then this series is for you.
This series is updated regularly in the weeks leading up to Christmas. It is full of tips and stories to help you determine what you want Christmas to look like for your family.
I hope it will encourage you to do less and enjoy more.
Love Shawna, your nerdy girlfriend who believes all parts of life can be simpler, on purpose.
This past month one of my dreams came true. My nerd colours are gonna shine through when I tell you about this. The colours you will see are white and red because this is a nerdy dream and a Canadian dream. This past month I was interviewed for a little spot on our local CBC. […]
Do you want to simplify your Christmas? In this installment of Simple Saturdays, we’re talking about strategies to both simplify Christmas and make it special season for you and your family. This is part two of a two-part episode on this topic. Missed part one? Listen to Simplify Christmas (gifts, decor, mindsets). Episode 42 Simplify […]
What issues do you have when you attempt to simplify Christmas? I asked this question in the Facebook group and on Instagram and was sent so many thoughtful questions—which tells me that I have the best readers, women who can feel the changes they want to make and see it right there and will take […]
How to move towards a more minimalist Christmas, a great resource for time management advice and decluttering to prepare for Christmas simple family I was recently interviewed for info on having a minimalist Christmas with my fave station: the CBC. Click here to listen, go to 1 hour and 49 minutes. I have so much […]
I used to be a stress ball hostess, now I have an open door policy. Here are myths I had to bust through about being a ‘good hostess’. Links in this episode: Simple Advent Activities for Toddlers (older kids like them too) 42 Ways to Spread the Love This Christmas (random acts of kindness and ways to […]
Why family traditions are important and ideas on simple ones to try. How to shop your closet to get dressed for that holiday party! Welcome to Part 3 of the podcast series on A Simple Christmas. Part 1 is here, Part 2 is here. All the Simple Christmas posts can be found here. In […]
Tips to simplify the gift-giving and ways to give more thoughtful gifts Today I’m sharing two posts on gift giving: Simplify the gift giving (make sure to read the post as I don’t cover all the tips in the podcast) Gift giving is such a focal point of the holidays but it doesn’t have to […]
a simple Christmas series part 1: finding your simple Christmas and 5 tips to help you make it simpler Welcome to a special episode of Simple Saturdays, part 1 in the Simple Christmas series A Simple Christmas is a series I have had on the blog for a few years and I wanted to offer […]
Do you ever look at your closet and want to burn it all down and start over? That was me a few years ago. Since then I’ve worked on things like learning my style, purging my wardrobe, and only keeping things I love to wear. The result has been a ‘capsule wardrobe‘ and it makes […]
Last night we had friends over for hotdogs and chips. It was simple, laid back and enjoyable. A far cry from the hosting I used to try to accomplish. I used to be a stress ball hostess. When I think of all the times I’ve been a stressed-out hostess, I know it is because I […]
Appies are my second favourite meal, next to brunch. But when someone asks me to contribute to the appy spread I have jumped all over the culinary map. I’ve done everything from heating up the frozen PC brand appies (don’t mess, those are good!) to wrapping roasted almonds into figs, then wrapping them with local […]
Traditions are the bonding goop in families. They are ‘understood’ by the family, like an inside joke or secret handshake. They are a constant to rely on, a marker for special events. Traditions are a display of family pride, like team colours or an anthem. And the BEST thing about traditions is that they can be aaaaannnnything […]
We declutter our kids’ toys a few times a year, getting prepped to have a Simple Christmas, easy ham sliders for a crowd and a reminder that you are enough, you have enough, you do enough! Welcome to another bi-weekly Simple Saturday, an email newsletter also available in podcast form. Be sure to subscribe to […]
So we have a new tradition this year. Adventing (oh yes, in this house it’s a verb). This year I had felt overcome by the meaning of Advent. Suddenly the weeks leading to Christmas seem so precious to me. Give me ten years max and I will become ‘that weird Christmas lady’ because I am […]
We just spent the week talking about gift giving. We talked about ways to make your gifts more thoughtful and ways to give kids gifts without it feeling like you are overrun with toys. There are still some ways you can make your gift giving simpler. Here are some tips to make gift-giving simpler this […]
We are coming off a year of ‘giving experiences not gifts’ so I’ve been approaching this Christmas with a smaller shopping list and big plans on how to ‘do things’ with our kids. We have told the kids that for Christmas we will take them to a hotel and go swimming. Their reaction has […]
Twice. That’s how many times everything I believed about Christmas has been torn to little sparkly shreds of lies. First, when my older brother told me there was no Santa. I cried on the couch in my parent’s lap. Second, when I found out that Jesus probably wasn’t really born at Christmas time. Right?! I […]
We all feel the tension. The commercialization versus the simple joy of togetherness. The presents versus the presence. Of course, I’d like to raise charitable kids over-entitled kids but I don’t want them to think there is anything wrong with presents. I like presents! To me, the perfect gift is one that has thought behind […]
On Friday we talked about these five tips to make your Christmas simpler. But ‘simple’ looks different to each family. What does it look like to your family? The first step in finding your Simple Christmas is to get to know what’s going on under that candy cane grin. What are your expectations, your sources of […]
Christmas was likely a holiday that you adored as a child. You can smile and rattle off some treasured family traditions. Even if it was something strange and simple, like stealing the Christmas tree from the Christmas Eve church service because your Dad was a holiday Scrooge and you hadn’t put up a tree that […]
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