Christmas Simplicity

Christmas at Places In The Home will be quite different this year due to the recent passing of my dad. Our Christmas celebration and holiday revelry will be rooted in Christmas simplicity.

I’m finding the smaller, quieter and simpler way of doing things a comfortable addition to our traditional holiday decorating and festivities format.

“Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”
—Coco Chanel


A hot cup of cocoa, homemade marshmallows and a gingerbread house home sweet home topper says welcome home for the holidays.


Owl be home for Christmas.

christmas-landmark-houses-002Architectural Digest


As it goes in the excitement of the season and in all their young and innocent glory, children can be noisy.

In 1670 a choirmaster from the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany called upon of a  local candy maker to create candy cane sugar sticks as a treat  for the children of the congregation.

The intention and hope of the candy treats was to quieten the children of the congregation during the Christmas Eve Living Crèche.

The choirmaster asked the candy maker to make the candy in the form of a shepherds hooks in order to evoke thoughts of the shepherds who visited the infant Jesus.

These candies were originally all white in color symbolizing the sinless life of Jesus.

It was not until around the turn of the century that the traditional red stripes as well as the peppermint flavor was introduced.

Peppermint remains the number one selling flavor among non-chocolate, hard candies. The United States produces 70% of the Worlds peppermint supply.

source: Wikipedia

white-cake-peppermint-frostingWhite Cake with Peppermint Frosting

What is Christmas without classic holiday films and dreams of a White Christmas?

♫ It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow ♫


“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”
—Dr. Seuss

Christmas-in-IrelandChristmas in Ireland via House Beautiful

“Christmas is not an external event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”
—Freya Stark

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