Simplicity and Minimalism


It is that time of year where I most have to fight the cultural influence to get more stuff, have more stuff, do more stuff and all that stuff: Christmas.   Consequently it is the time where I am inclined to leave Simplicity and head right off into Minimalism – which is not something that will work long term for me (at least not as long as I have children).

I can only work on my own definitions here but the distinction between minimalism and simplicity so I am not sure if there would ever be agreement on the differences, bu very, very broadly: Minimalism works from the outside in and Simplicity works from the inside out.

This isn’t to say that one or the other is better, but I work better when I am targeting simplicity by avoiding complication in my world and minimizing things that cause me stress and distraction, but I very much appreciate the more Spartan approach of limiting material possessions and concerns in order to achieve a internal peace and order.   Which is a rather self congratulatory way of reminding myself that it would be a bad idea to grab everything the children have in their rooms and haul it all off to Goodwill.

Advent · Christmas · Fun

Christmass Song Guess-o-rama

a carol - Lady Laura Teresa Alma-Tadema
a carol – Lady Laura Teresa Alma-Tadema

Resurrecting this for my kids:

from: December 15, 2008

I found this bit of fun over at  Stepping Heavenward.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Guess the Original Christmas Song Titles

01. Felicitations for the Season

02. Sterling Carillon

03. Circuitous gambol of Festive Conifer

04.Awesome hibernal acreage

05.Altitudinous celestials acclaim

06. Senior flattened by cloven aviator

07. Covert observation of matriarch’s scandalous osculation

08. Petite birthplace

09. Sprightly venerable benefactor

10.Allegiants proceed

11. Enquiry of mutual auditory perception

12. Hushed darkness

13. Noel – envisage blanched

14. Inaugural Yule

15. Royal Eastern trio

16.Planetary jubilance

17.Theurgical cool guy

18. Matchless season

19. Full-grown enumeration of holiday hopes

20. Commencement of Yuletide complexion

Christmas Carol Game Answers
01. We Wish You a Merry Christmas | 02. Silver Bells | 03. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree | 04. Winter Wonderland | 05. Angels We Have Heard on High | 06. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer | 07. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause | 08. O Little Town of Bethlehem | 09. Jolly Old St. Nicolas | 10. O Come All Ye Faithful | 11. Do You Hear What I Hear? | 12. Silent Night | 13. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas | 14. The First Noel | 15. We Three Kings of Orient Are | 16. Joy to the World | 17. Frosty the Snowman | 18. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year | 19. Grown up Christmas List | 20. It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas