Simplify Christmas – 10 Ways to Simplify Food & Decorations, by Sarah Sundin – plus Giveaway!

Old wood texture with snow and firtreeDo you break out in hives just thinking about the craziness and chaos that comes with Christmas? It doesn’t have to be that way. Inspirational authors Cara Putman, Sarah Sundin, and Tricia Goyer share about Christmases past in their new novella collection Where Treetops Glisten. Their three stories “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” will take you back to war-time 1942, 1943, and 1944. The authors have also teamed up to give tips on simplifying Christmas this year! Join us  December 1-6 on Not Quite Amish for the Simplifying Christmas series.

10 Ways to Simplify Food and Decorations

by Sarah Sundin

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! We long to fill our homes with red and green, with pine and holly, and the smells of cinnamon and vanilla. But in the process we often find ourselves depressed, stressed, irritable, and in debt.

Food and decorations create a festive mood and wonderful memories, but they take a great portion of our time and energy. While writing my novella for Where Treetops Glisten, I was struck by the relative simplicity of Christmas in World War II. Rationing changed menus, shortages meant fewer decorations for sale, and many women had jobs outside the home and less time to prepare for the holidays. Overall, Christmas in the 1940s was simpler—fewer gifts, fewer decorations, and simpler food—but no less meaningful. So what can we do to simplify here and now?

To read the rest of the article and find a helpful printable, please visit the Not Quite Amish blog.

Where Treetops Glisten Gift Basket Giveaway!

My publisher has created three wonderful gift baskets. To enter to win this basket, please use the Rafflecopter form below (US residents only please). Also find the additional giveaways (and read more great tips to simplify Christmas!) on Tricia Goyer’s blog and Cara Putman’s blog!

WTG apron bookEach basket contains:

    • Copy of Where Treetops Glisten
    • Christmas DVD – Holiday InnBing Crosby, Fred Astaire
    • Christmas CD (includes all the book title songs) – “A Jolly Christmas” Frank Sinatra
    • Apron made from vintage pattern
    • Recipe cards from each character

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12 Responses to “Simplify Christmas – 10 Ways to Simplify Food & Decorations, by Sarah Sundin – plus Giveaway!”

  1. Linda P.

    I am simplifying by not decorating quite so much this year. I’m finishing a college course and we are trying to prep the house for sale, so I’m not going all out this year. I also bought more gift cards and things this year. That way they can get exactly what they want and not what I think they may want.

    • Sarah Sundin

      We had a house for sale in December too once. “Fun.” 🙂 I’m a huge fan of gift cards – fast & easy – and it’s the only thing my teens want!

  2. anne

    Cook simply, minimal decorations, enjoy and celebrate.

  3. Kerri

    We’re traveling for Christmas this year so gifts are fewer in exchange for experiences, cooking and baking are cut back and we’re spending more time together.

  4. Connie R.

    I try to make the times that I’m actually with loved ones special, and only do what is necessary to make that person/family feel that our time is unique and cherished.

  5. Shelia Massey

    I love a simpler time, especially during holidays. Being with family is so special. And I Love anything from the 40’s….especially during World War II. It’s my favorite era to read about.

  6. Sharon A

    My grandchildren love to receive magazines of their own. A couple of years ago I tried sending them age appropriate magazines. It was a great success. I now renew them in the summer – no bills in December. They receive so many gifts from so many people. This is easier for me and they will receive this gift all year!

  7. Karin A

    No presents– just give to a favorite charity.
    That is what I’d like to do, but the extended family still likes
    to exchange gifts so that is what we will do.