Tuesday, December 11, 2007

On the second day of Christmas...

Song Stuck on the Brain: Let it Snow... and that is a plea. Please send snow, not more ice...

Today is the second guest blog of the 12 days of Christmas. The theme is Simplicity. I have to say that Simplicity is something I always tell myself I'll have more of and then never do. I love all the lights and the decorations, the holiday themed specials and programs. I love hosting Christmas parties and making my cards. It's all so much fun, that I have a terrible time saying no to any of it. Then I find around December 22nd, that I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. :) Anyone else feel that way? I wouldn't give it up though, I'm plenty simple the rest of the year. There's nothing wrong with stepping back and examining your holiday schedule, and if simplicity can be found, then good luck to you.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

The Gift of Simplicity

God's Gift of Simplicity

by Wanda E. Brunstetter

The Amish people I write about celebrate Christmas in a much simpler way than most of us do. There are no Christmas trees or colored lights in their homes. The gifts they give one another are simple and functional, not elaborate or expensive. Their emphasis at Christmas is on the birth of Jesus and the love they feel for God, family, and friends. Anyone can give the gift of simplicity, and it can be given any time of the year. A smile, a hug, a listening ear. . .these are the gifts of simplicity.

Wanda E. Brunstetter is the author of many Amish themed books including the latest A Sister's Secret (Barbour Books, 2007) , the first installation in the Sisters of Holmes County series. Watch for the second installment, A Sister's Test, in January 2008. For more information visit www.wandabrunstetter.com

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