Monday, December 16, 2013

Keeping December Low Key

I usually try to keep December as 'low key' as possible and not get caught up in all the shopping, parties, baking, cleaning, obligations, etc.

I only have a few people to buy for.  And presents are kept small and inexpensive.

I had my two co-workers/friends over for drinks and munchies Thursday evening - Wayne's Office Christmas party Friday - and a fun evening with another couple Saturday.  

And then it's always just me, hubby, son and kitty for Christmas.  Turkey, Cranberries, Buns, Veggie.  No stuffing, no gravy, no potatoes, no salads, no pies, no hours of cooking.

And as it's only us, there's only so clean my house has to be!  :) 

Last week I received a lovely flower arrangement adorned with a cute little owl from a co-worker / friend from another branch. I can not explain how touched I was by her thoughtfulness.  


Baking is done.  We each chose one favourite:  
  • Me - White Chocolate Craisen Peppermint Shortbread
  • Wayne - Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares
  • Kurtis - Skor Cream Cheese Dip


I did not beat myself up that I sent out store bought Christmas cards instead of hand-made ones this year.  There just wasn't time.  And these pretty little, simple cards were calling my name!


And in the spirit of keeping the month of December stress free and simple - I will be taking a little blog break.  I will be back next Monday, just in time for Christmas!

Wishing you a sweet and simple week that makes you smile!



42 comments:

S. Etole said...

Have a wonderful week, Catherine. Those little cards are so cheery.

Kerri Farley said...

I LOVE a low key Christmas! Hope yours is wonderful!
LOVE those cards!

Lin said...

I think stress-free is what it supposed to be about. I start early, so I spread out the have-tos (decorating, getting the tree up, etc.) done over weeks, rather than days. I don't buy for many people, and we don't bake a lot either. We do, however, make the social calendar busy--but I like that.

I wish you a relaxing Christmas, my friend!

Nancy Claeys said...

I, too, am doing what I can to keep this holiday season centered and focus on what is important... savor your break (I'm still on mine, but wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your post today.)

Terri Buster said...

I'm the opposite I guess-Christmas is my very favorite time of year so I enjoy it to the fullest, and with 6 grandkids, the loudest!

Your cards are cute!

Have a wonderful holiday with your family!

Sandra said...

enjoy your break, we will be waiting for you to return... your menu is ours, but add bob's potato stuffing.

Fuzzy Tales said...

You have the right idea. :-)

Wishing you a wonderful week, and a very happy holiday, Catherine.

Peace.

Pam said...

Enjoy your blog break! I am all for keeping it simple!

Carolynn Anctil said...

Merry, Merry Christmas! I think keeping it simple is truly the best way to focus on the true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy your break! See you in a few days - I have it marked on my calendar. :o))

Crafting Queen said...

Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your break. Lots of hugs to Banjo. :)

Jobi Harris said...


Good for you! Stress free is great. We are in a similar situation, so I know how you fee;. Have a Happy and a Merry!

TexWisGirl said...

love the cute little owl. enjoy your time. :)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Catherine,
About the same recipe here for both of us. Just a few parties with best friends and no gift giving. It ought not to be a forced thing for the time of the year. It's about PEACE!
Hugs,
Mariette

Mary said...

I love those cards! And you're right.. simplicity is wonderful! Merry Christmas! :)

Our photos said...

Your owl is lovely!

It's me said...

I hope so...lots to do in the shop...but at home i do nothing...two days together with my husbunny and doggie girls....love it......no baking simple meals....it is always fun and i love to be together........love love Ria.....x !!

Ann said...

That's the way to do it. Too many people get themselves all stressed out trying for the perfect Christmas. I learned a few years ago, it's not going to happen and I've enjoyed them ever since I cut back.

Maggie from Stillness at Cherith said...

I would love a gentle Christmas.
Good for you for making it happen.
=)
Give kitty a snuggle from me...if he will allow such liberties.

BeadedTail said...

I got the final packages in the mail an hour ago so just have cards to do yet and I'm already feeling less stress. When did the holidays become so busy? Low key is certainly much more enjoyable! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Linens and Royals said...

Love the owl and he will still be with you long after the flowers are gone. I agree, keep Christmas simple,hope yours is a happy one. XO

Katnip Lounge said...

Sounds like the kind of holiday season you can truly enjoy. Scott and I are going to have a small ham and be slugs. Perfection.

Brian said...

Happy breaking to you!!!

Betsy Adams said...

In my 'other' life--when my kids were little, we spent WAY too much money at Christmas. We would go into debt to do it... Drove me crazy!!!!

SO--these days, we don't spend much at Christmas. I love SIMPLE --and tradition. I pull out my favorite decorations and just enjoy them... As far as I'm concerned, the simpler the better...

Merry Christmas.
Hugs,
Betsy

Eileen said...

Enjoy your break!

The arrangement is beautiful, how sweet of your co-worker.

I've never made homemade cards and this year the store bought ones may become New Year's cards. Oh well, they'll get out eventually.

Michael Manning said...

Laying low is cool. Merry Christmas, Catherine! :)

laura brown said...

Here's to keeping it simple!

Noodle

Sylvia said...

What a lovely flower arrangement, Catherine !
Simple cards but oh so beautiful !
Enjoy your blog break ...
Hugs,
Sylvia

Yolanda said...

So glad to have found you again. I will be back for a visit

sharon said...

Have a good week and enjoy your goodies!

Pantherka said...

Wonderful flowers with an owl.
Beautiful relaxation ...

Smareis said...

Hoje passei exclusivamente para agradecer o carinho, à amizade, e a tua presença nesse ano de 2013 no meu blog. O meu desejo é que em 2014 possamos estar juntos novamente.
Desejo um abençoado Natal pra você e toda a sua família. Que os dias do Ano Novo sejam uma seqüência de profundas realizações e vitorias com fartas colheitas chegando a seus campos.
Feliz Natal e Próspero 2014!
Um Abraço!

Tamago said...

I think keeping December low key is a good thing! Stress-free Christmas is most enjoyable :-)
The card looks very pretty. Every year I think about making my own Christmas card, but always find no time. Well maybe next year!

bobbybegood1 said...

Ah, so sweet. Thanks for the sentiment. You, too, enjoy your week. I volunteer as a reading scout at an elementary school two blocks from my home and today I read a folk tale about owls to them. I too love owls. I think they are magical. Enjoy your week. Lovely post! Cheers!!

troutbirder said...

Enjoy the break and keeping it all simple sounds good to me. Now if I could just persuade.....

SweetMarie said...

Cute owl!! I agree with simple. :) enjoy your time!

Kitties Blue said...

Mom says, "Please, pleases, please may I have the shortbread recipe." she loves shortbread, peppermint and white chocolate and craisins. Her mouth is watering. The flower arrangement is beautiful. What a thoughtful gift. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Best idea I've heard about Christmas in a long time. Keep it simple, and get to enjoy it while it's here.

Jen

Ross said...

We like keeping Christmas a little on the quite side ourselves. Have a great Christmas and New Years and all the best to your family!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

You are one smart cookie! Keeping it simple is best. So many people stress themselves and go into debt for Christmas. I don't get that at all. My husband always wants to invite people over, but I never clean house. I try to keep up but there just isn't enough time for everything. Getting rid of some stuff around here would help. Must purge! Best wishes for the holidays, Tammy

Our photos said...

We wish you and your fam. a Merry Christmas,
RW & SK

Linda R said...

Well that sounds like a perfect way to celebrate the holidays to me. "STRESS FREE".

Hugs~

Jaime said...

I'm still laughing at your last post!
Who doesn't love/need a good belly laugh every now and then?

So funny.

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