Even If You Don’t: Merry Christmas

Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, I hope you have a day filled with happiness.

The purpose of living a simple, deliberate life is to have time to enjoy the things that are important to you — whether that’s family, friends, food, fun, or whatever else you can think of, even if it doesn’t start with an F.

If you’re surrounded by people today, enjoy them, even when it’s difficult. They are good people because there are no other kind.

I hope you took guest poster Robert Wall’s advice and simplified your Christmas dinner so that it better represents your increasingly simple life.

If you’re lonely or at a loose end today, I hope you spend your valuable free time simplifying your home and your life so that it serves you well in the coming year.

And even if you don’t want me to say it: Merry Christmas!

There is something special about a holiday. All of the universe’s potential seems closer at hand.

Today is filled with all of life’s promise for a happy new year. I don’t really care if you believe in a virgin birth in a stable in Bethlehem or not. In fact, I don’t really believe in either.

But I hope you believe that impossible things can happen in the world. They can, and they can happen to you.


  1. Hi Gip! We’ll be finishing up the cooking for our (relatively) simple Christmas dinner here in about an hour….Merry Christmas to you and all your readers!

    1. I hope you had a great Christmas, Robert. Mine was wonderfully quiet — although I’m looking forward to getting back to some serious work in the new year. I have a lot I want to accomplish.


  2. Very apt Gip,

    For me Xmas is about relaxing & enjoying time with Friends, family, food but not the traditional Xmas fare of the northern hemisphere its far too warm dow n here for that ….

    I encourage everyone to make & create their own traditions

    Today is boxing day time for cricket 🙂

    1. I’m glad to see you commenting here again, Alex.

      I hope your Boxing Day went as well as my Christmas. Of course, we have no Boxing Day here, so tomorrow is called Sunday. That’s one tradition we American’s missed. It’s hard to imagine since we have so many.


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