Merry Christmas & What Made Me Smile This Year

Dec 25, 2019

For all of TSLL readers who are celebrating Christmas today, I do hope you are having a wonderful holiday of gathering, sharing, giving and creating memories that will last a lifetime and beyond.

The boys and I are enjoying a quiet Christmas with my parents, the boys’ grandparents :), and I am thankful to have such a cozy country home to spend the festivities. Time to see family, as well as time to just be with those we love and have not seen in far too long, is a gift all of its own.

One of the new regular posts I have enjoyed sharing here on the blog each month are “Things That Made Me Smile This Month, So Far . . .”, as you will see below, most of the items listed are small, and to an outsider, perhaps dismissed, but oh how much more wonderful our daily lives become when we pay attention to the details and all that surrounds us to make our days run smooth.

I look forward to sharing more of these posts in 2020 on the final Wednesday of each month, and since this Wednesday and next it is the annual time off here on TSLL, I wanted to share a round-up of the past 11 months and all that has made me smile. Do be sure to check out @thesimplyluxurious on Instagram as many moments which make me smile are shared there as well. I do hope you too have many moments to savor each and every month, and may the new year bring even more to enjoy.

18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas & What Made Me Smile This Year

  1. Merry Christmas Shannon! Have a wonderful time with your family and friends. It sounds like a special time.

    Thank you for your thoughtful posts all year long. As the last few months have been so busy, I’m looking forward to having the next few weeks off and catching up on your newsletters and podcasts.

  2. Thanks for some really interesting articles, we are all different, but at the same time all the same. As they say in Yorkshire, everybody bleeds. So what is different?

  3. Joyeux Noël Shannon ! Iove these posts. Such a good reminder to see the good sides, either small or big. Something to definitely practice in 2020. As we say in France : voir le verre à moitié plein plutôt qu’à moitié vide.

  4. Merry Christmas, Shannon. Hope you have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy, or should I say savor, your time with your parents. A loving family is truly a treasure. Looking forward to 2020 and all of your new posts.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and the boys and the rest of your family, it sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Thank you for all the lovely posts and videos of this past year, so much to enjoy. And I am so looking forward to what TSLL goodies appear next year! 🙂

  6. Merry Christmas, Shannon. Enjoy your holiday with family and boys. Thank you for all your hard work on your wonderful blog and podcast. It is certainly one of my simple joys!

  7. Merry Christmas from Lexington KY. I love your list of things which make you smile and they have inspired me to keep my own list. I saw amazing art, architecture, theater and the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains, Coastal Savannah and my own beloved Bluegrass. I heard beautiful live music, developed a new cadre of recipes, read fabulous, challenging, and often spirt lifting books. I spent time with friends from childhood, and friends I made throughout my life. I improved my health and wellness by 20%. I have goals and benchmarks for 2020that seem to be natural outcomes.

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