December 19, 2017

Twelve Days Of Christmas...Day Seven...Simple But Festive Weeknights

Well, here we are! We have less than one week until Christmas. Although this last week can be over scheduled, hectic, and stressful, we choose instead to focus on simplicity and coziness. It is tempting to give into the idea that we have so much to do and so many places to be, but in doing so, we lose the joy of Christmas, don't you think?

This week we will be eating simple suppers like homemade pizza and grilled cheese and soup. We will snuggle on the couch in front of the tree each night, and read one of our favorite Christmas Books together. We just want to soak in every single moment of this beautiful season.

Homemade pizza and store-bought Caesar salad is an easy but yummy supper on a cold December night.

We gathered our favorite Christmas books and will read one each night after supper.

And I will be reading this beautiful book every night too.
It was a gift from our dear friend and former parish priest, Fr. Leon.

Today our Yankee candle votive is Sparkling Cinnamon.
I have not yet burned this one, but the website says it smells of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Sounds good to me!

Thanks for dropping by, my friends!
Don't forget my Madison and our friend Danielle are sharing too!


  1. Looks so ideal :-) I've been rushing around trying to prepare for Christmas Eve as we are entertaining this year with friends and my dad will be here too. Never seems to be enough hours in the day it seems. Hope you have a wonderful day!


  2. What a joy to visit and see the simplicity of the season reflected in your post. I miss the days of sitting with the children reading from a favourite book.

  3. I bought the sparkling cinnamon scent last week. It is wonderful!! So good, in fact, that I could still smell the cinnamon the next morning when I walked down the hall. I have a little bit of baking later this week, other then that we are soaking it all in. One of the joys of living a slower lifesytle.

  4. I just realized, I have been doing my Seven Days of Christmas backwards, lol...oh can't beat homemade pizza, books and a candle. smiles

  5. I LOVE Scott Hahn :) I'll add that to my "to read" list on Goodreads!

  6. Cozy, cozy, cozy. I would love some of your homemade pizza right now! I hope you are reading Arthur's Christmas. That one is my very favorite. :)

  7. Slowing down and savoring the season is wonderful, Billie Jo. It all sounds divine and so peaceful. It's a shame to get into hectic times of the season and miss out on all the joy that was born so many years ago. ♥

  8. Billie Jo, your dinners sound so tempting! Love Christmas books. The grands have quite a few and I'll be wrapping more in a few days!

  9. I soooo agree. But this is NOT my week. Mine is the hectic, running around, going here and there kind. And there's not a thing I can do about it... except decide to enjoy it.

    I love your cozy. I'll get there... in a few more days!

  10. How nice and relaxing! The book How to catch an Elf is such a cute book!!

  11. I love the fact that you and your family concentrate on the ease and simplicity of the season, rather than racing around like mad men. Home, books, comfort food, and each other mean more than any dept. store can ever match. Blessings ooze from your home.

  12. I'm so with you, my friend! I am doing my best at keeping things simple too. Nice and cozy with easy weeknight meals. Last night we had scrambled eggs for dinner : ) No stress. I want this time to last. You pizza looks delicious! Time to curl up on the couch with a book and take some deep breaths : )

  13. Loving reading through these days of Christmas!! Now, you know the "12 days of Christmas" start on Christmas day and go until Epiphany, will you do another blog series like this? I hope so!!

    What is your recipe for homemade pizza? I am yet to find a crust that is not soggy in the middle...or even a sauce that tastes right. Yours looks amazing!


Thanks so much for saying hello!

Billie Jo