The Simple Things

The Simple Things December 2019

The Simple Things is a beautiful, useful, quirky and fun magazine about taking time to live well. We cover mindfulness and microadventures, eating and growing, forgotten wisdom, home life and slow moments. It's for people who love their lives but want to take the pressure off and remember what’s really important. We like tea & cake, learning stuff, being outside and the satisfaction of a job well done. Do you?

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DECEMBER is a month of preparation and anticipation, which can lead to high tension and hectic times. But this isn’t the only way to make it through the month of midwinter. Think instead of it as a time of giving; of presents, yes, but also of time for others and for yourself, and of time to make and bake,finding contentment in the busyness of a Christmas project. Some of you have been making already - our favourites of the gift tags that you designed for our competition are printed, ready to cut out and use (p98) We’ve been busy, too, creating a special print for you of our ‘The Night Before Christmas’ cover illustration by Rohan Eason (p34) Whatever makes Christmas for you, we wish you a merry time.…

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tins of comfort & joy

It’s hard to beat a biscuit exchange: bake (the more homemade the better), meet with friends, swap biscuits and make your tin look pretty, then go home with your very own selection box of Christmas biscuits. And not a Family Circle tin in sight » Cinnamon roll biscuits Nothing says Christmas like the taste and smell of cinnamon. This biscuit version of Swedish cinnamon rolls have the same gooey goodness, but with added crunch. Makes 30 150g golden caster sugar170g unsalted butter (softened)1 egg1 tsp vanilla extract300g plain flour½ tsp baking powder½ tsp salt FOR THE FILLING 40g light muscovado sugar1 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 Beat together the sugar and butter until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat for a few seconds before adding the flour, baking powder…

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an arctic life

There’s no denying it, I am a self-confessed reindeer geek. I have a house full of reindeer photos, paintings, antlers, skins, books, chopping boards and other reindeer memorabilia that I have collected. Many of my holidays have been to reindeer herding regions and most days I am to be found doing something related to reindeer*. I am also lucky enough to be co-owner of Britain’s only free-living herd of reindeer in the Cairngorm Mountains of Scotland. The World Reindeer Herders Association is represented by twenty-eight different regions from parts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia, Russia, Mongolia and China. It meets every four years and, in 2013, I was proud to accept the inclusion of Scotland as the 29th member of the Association. A big step from our first meeting when our…

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the gift of imagination

Embrace a simpler kind of Christmas this year and get stuck into retro games and family activities without a screen in sight. Rex London is on a mission to bring families together with some good old-fashioned fun. Specialising in original toys and games with a twist, they have an extraordinary range of presents for kids of all ages. FESTIVE FIRSTS Discover soft toys and educational activities for the younger members of the family – from beautiful gifts for newborns to toys that inquisitive toddlers won’t want to put down, Rex London’s collection is full of hand-picked presents and irresistible stocking fillers. LEARNING THROUGH PLAY Older children will love the range of craft kits too, teaching kids the basics of painting, origami and electronics. Youngsters can learn about the outdoors with a bug habitat or discover…

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things to want and wish for

Paper decorations | £8 These Indian paper decorations come in a variety of warm tones. We’re told ‘blush’ is the new red and gold this year.roseandgrey.co.uk SKOG mini candle & hand cream gift set | £35 You may struggle to gift this set inspired by the scents of Scandanavian forests.skandinavisk.com Silk velvet dress | £245 This soft, mid-length velvet dress is as Christmassy as Bing Crosby bearing mince pies. toa.st/uk Tapestry tote | £98 Hand woven with British wool, this limited edition tote is as sturdy as it is beautiful.thewelshgirl.com Christmas special wall chart XL | £59 Swap your traditional tree for this canvas print. No fairylight stress necessary.folkinteriors.co.uk Baubles | from £8; Newstead Candelabra | £25 Sit down to Christmas lunch in style with this slightly Scandi, pared-back dinner table look. Everything from habitat.co.uk Star pendant | £27.50 Bring a bit of…

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… and a partridge in a pear tree

Nature writer Stephen Moss has taken a whimsical approach to the traditional carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Weaving history, culture, bird behavior and folklore, he celebrates the swans, turtle doves and geese which are already in the song, and suggests avian alternatives for the others. The rings become yellowhammers, whose folk name was yoldring, the lords are black grouse, whose mating ritual involves a feathery jump into the air, and the drummers are woodpeckers who let loose “a rapid burst of sound rather like someone drumming their fingers on a hollow piece of wood.” (Square Peg)…