A Humble Christmas

Red Velvet Cookies

Red Velvet Cookie with White Chocolate and Candy Canes

Sprinkling

Yesterday I baked red velvet cookies with white chocolate and crushed candy canes for some of our friends. I must confess, even listening to carols while baking red and white cookies, I didn’t feel particularly Christmasy. I’ve come to accept that that’s just how this Christmas is going to be. Usually I’m driven by this (somewhat ridiculous) notion that Christmas must be the most special, amazing and magical day of all time, but this year, I’m letting go a little. Christmas 2012 will be very quiet and understated for us. This year we aren’t able to see all our family and we don’t have money to spend on piles of gifts. But that’s ok. There is nothing so very terrible about a humble Christmas.

There is so much pressure on us all at this time of year. At Christmas we are bombarded with advertisements, television programs and blog posts featuring happy, sunshiney people. Cute kids surrounded by masses of presents. Huge extended families, laughing at the table around a giant turkey. Kisses under mistletoe at fancy parties. And while that’s all really wonderful when you have a fabulous Christmas planned, if you’re experiencing distances between loved ones, strained relationships or financial hardships… Well, that can be really tough. And in those cases, all the picture perfect imagery can just be a horrible reminder of how imperfect Christmas might be.

No matter whether you celebrate Christmas big or small (or not at all). No matter if you’ll be spending your days with crowds of family or quietly alone. No matter whether you’re gifted with lots of presents or none, I hope the next few days will be happy for you. I hope you’ll find pleasure in the little things and, despite our culture’s focus on material stuff, remember what really matters. Love. Peace. Gratitude. Hope. And if your Christmas isn’t shaping up to be the most magical day of the year, please remember that a quiet or (dare I say it) even an unpleasant Christmas is not the end of the world. It’s ok if the day does not go perfectly! There will be other years.

We’ll be spending the next few days quietly at home. We’ll eat lots of food. We’ll probably watch sappy Christmas movies and play boardgames. It won’t be fancy, but it will be nice. Nice and humble.

So Merry Christmas friends! Sending wishes of great joy and much love your way. We’ll see you on the other side of all the festive craziness!

Katie x

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16 Responses to “A Humble Christmas”

  1. Zoe December 23, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    I totally agree! Although I must say, I’m completely envious of your christmas plans, we were planning on just being at home this year, but we got guilted into the big family thing. Oh well, you’re right, there will be other years! (Next year I will have my way…)

  2. Heidi December 24, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    Your posts always seem to come at just the right time for me! I’ve been feeling a little stressed this holiday season. I’ve been embracing the Christmas spirit as usual, but I’ve felt like I’m not “making the most of it”, which is silly, I know. I haven’t done all the baking and craft projects I had originally planned, and somehow this translates into me not really “doing Christmas properly”. In my mind, at least! But you’re so right, it shouldn’t be about those things.

    I’m spending Christmas day at home with my immediate family eating delicious food and opening presents, and that sounds perfect to me now that I think about it. I’m not good with crowds, so big gatherings or parties would not be my cup of tea at all.

    I’m going to spend the rest of the evening listening to Christmas music and making plans for the new year. Thank you for the new perspective! ♥

  3. Laura December 24, 2012 at 12:04 am #

    Very true. A Christmas with just my partner with just a few carefully made/bought presents and some yummies is probably my favorite kind of Christmas. I think everyone really reigned it in this year (we celebrated yesterday with my husband’s family) and it was still a very sweet Christmas indeed.

  4. Jenna December 24, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    I wish you the merriest of Christmas wishes, Katie and Reuben! It’s nice to have a low-key holiday here and there, so enjoy!

  5. Shirley December 24, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    To Katie and Reuben – if I could only subscribe to one blog – it would be yours!! This year has been a very tough one and I can relate so much to what you have written, so often our expectations of what Christmas Day should be like ends in disappointment when it’s not the ideal portrayed in the media. I wish you both a wonderful and special day, the way you are planning to spend it sounds perfect – enjoy, xxx

  6. Teresa December 24, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Your cookies look delicious!
    Merry Xmas to you both. :)

  7. Donna December 24, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Every year I get excited for Christmas, no matter what happens during my year I still get out the tree and camera and take happy photos with my family to remind me of what I do have and what really matters. You may find that a happy photo or heaps of boxes under the tree might actually not tell the whole story. We used fake boxes last year under our tree and this year we have no boxes under our tree. My car needs $1800+ of work done urgently, I currently have $2 in my bank account til pay day, and my next pay will all go on rent, and it will be 2 days before my birthday.

    But still, ill take happy sunshiny photos because they make me happy, and ill make do with what I have.

    Merry Xmas guys! Love D xxxxx

  8. Penelope December 24, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Humble is the only way to go! Hooray fro humble…Merry Christmas to you both, thank you for this very real post xox Penelope

  9. Anna December 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    A humble Christmas is a good Christmas! We’ve had to ask friends and family not to buy us presents this year because we can’t afford to buy them presents, most have been happy to do this and it has taken a whole load of pressure off and kept the stress at bay. I was a little sad to think I won’t be getting presents but I’ve had fun baking and I’m looking forward to the simple things like board games, good food, films and relaxing instead!

    Have a very Merry Christmas! x

  10. Librarygirl December 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    The Christmas portrayed by the media is a fantasy…… It comes in all shapes and sizes and no version is the right or perfect one. Authentic Christmas is what feels right for you. Hope you have beautiful time x

  11. Cassie December 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

    Love your cookies! And your post. It’s so nice to hear (read!) someone thinking about others and outside the box. Cassie

  12. Marcelle December 25, 2012 at 4:18 am #

    Have a merry little christmas!

  13. Chestnut Mocha December 25, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    Merry Christmas, Katie and Reuben!! Hugs from far away!

  14. rhonda jean December 26, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    We’ve had a very quiet sad Christmas here. You two have each other, that’s all you need. You also have an exciting new year coming up.

    Sending love from up here,
    Rhonda and Hanno xx

  15. Hannah December 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Katie, that was the sweetest and most honest thing I have read in a long time. Beautifully written. x

  16. Becky December 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    This post really hit me at exactly the right time. It’s so true – there are some years (this being one of them) that stress, obligations, money matters, being away from loved ones – all those things contribute to it not feeling like the most merry of Christmases. It was a nice, quiet Christmas here, but I’m glad the build-up is over. Now to just get through until the new year.

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