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Simplicity- Lessons from Laura Ingalls


I think one of my favorite shows of all times is Little House On The Prairie. I still watch it today and it continues to give me joy and reminds me to try to be humble and grateful for the simple things in life. It’s very hard to keep that balance between simplicity and my love for a shiny new Gucci bag. Hey, I’m only human! And... I didn’t grow up in the 1870s!

But…I was much more materialistic in my younger days than I am now. And I think that’s another gift that comes with age and wisdom. The need and want to go back to a simpler time. I guess it’s all about balance, trying to stay centered on the true meaning of this holiday season and in life really.

The Little House Christmas shows were some of my favorites. Who could ever forget this episode with Mr. Edwards?   


He had traveled miles and miles through a snowstorm, crossing a turbulent creek with water up to his neck, freezing cold, carrying his clothes and a special bundle on his head. I’ll never forget when he burst into that tiny, little, modest cabin almost frozen solid.

He was delivering Christmas presents to the Ingles Family. His beard was covered with snow and ice and he held those presents so tightly through that treacherous journey, I think they were frozen to his hands. And who could ever forget Carrie yelling out “Santa” when she saw him.


Mr. Edwards had saved Christmas that year because Pa couldn’t get into town to buy presents for the children. I love this show mostly because it gives us hope. It reminds us that miracles happen all the time. It teaches us to believe.


 Mr. Edwards had brought Christmas gifts from Santa, he said. The girls opened two simply wrapped presents each. One was a shining, glittering tin cup and a long, stick of candy. It was peppermint candy, striped red and white. They looked and looked at the beautiful candy as if it were gold. And when they saw the peppermint sticks, he– you would’ve thought they were given a bag full of shiny new toys.


I often laugh thinking what the look on Carley’s face would be if the only thing in her stocking was a peppermint stick and a tin cup. Truth be told, I’d like to see the look on my face if those were the gifts I received. So, I’m not saying we need to go back to the 1870s, I just wonder sometimes if all the beautifully wrapped boxes under our Christmas trees bring the same joy that tin cup and peppermint stick brought to Laura and Mary.

  So, for the third day of our December Daily, write about your favorite Christmas movie or Christmas show. What is it about that movie or show that pulls at your heart, or makes you watch it year after year? You can write about just one or as many as you like. You can even make a simple list of your top 10 Christmas shows.  

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December 03, 2019 — Sallie Phelan


Laine Murphy

Laine Murphy said:

I was a ‘Waltons’ girl, and one of the first dvds I ever bought was ‘Homecoming’, the Christmas movie that started the Waltons. You’re right, the reason we love these movies are at the core of us and remembering that is important.

Pamela Romano-Strickland

Pamela Romano-Strickland said:

Grew up reading the books many times over…This year we are just exchanging names and getting for that person…We still do the kids who are in school or college…But we have a big extended family that is only getting bigger so we are trying to make it about time together and not the gifts…Very thankful…

Karen Welch

Karen Welch said:

A special time in our life was to watch these wonderful shows. Each and every one was a life lesson in how to be a better person! Loved one and all! Thanks for the reminder of such a wonderful program and all that went with it!

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