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?
A could-do list for December
A window onto winter • THROUGH HER WORK, PRINTMAKER ANGELA HARDING ENCOURAGES US TO SEE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE SEASON, AT EVERY TIME OF YEAR
Things to give and wish for • Decorations and festive inspiration, plus books and treats to make the most of this winter
Maker of the month
Markets & fairs
Brie merry and bright • WHAT’S A CELEBRATION WITHOUT A CHEESEBOARD? A FEW PROUDLY HOMEMADE EXTRAS HELP TURN IT INTO SOMETHING SPECIAL THAT’LL BRING JOY THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAYS
DECEMBER ALMANAC • Seasonal thoughts & things to help you enjoy the month
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The spirits of Christmas • THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, THESE WOMEN HAVE BEEN FORAGING, FERMENTING, DISTILLING, AND CRAFTING TIPPLES FOR US TO ENJOY. THE RESULT? DRINKS WITH PERSONALITY IN EVERY DROP
No need to go cold turkey • The festive mood doesn’t have to end after the big day and things have certainly moved on since Bridget Jones’ infamous turkey curry buffet. This altogether classier affair is just the job for using up what's left and is a great excuse for another round of silly games
How to… have fun • WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING MERRY, IT ALWAYS HELPS TO HAVE A FEW EXTRA SKILLS IN YOUR SACK. OUR HANDY GUIDE SHOULD HELP BRING SOME LAUGHTER AND LIGHTNESS TO EVEN THE MOST TURKEY-STUFFED OF LIVING ROOMS
Gifts from the smallholding • AS WINTER SETTLES ON THEIR PLOT IN SOMERSET, KATHY AND TOM CELEBRATE THE SEASONAL SHIFT WITH RECIPES INSPIRED BY THEIR SURROUNDINGS
Moments of magic • EVERYONE’S CHRISTMAS IS DIFFERENT BUT MANY OF US HAVE RITUALS THAT ARE PASSED ON WITH EACH GENERATION. REMEMBER YOURS, AS WE SHARE A FEW OF OURS
MY CITY* YORK • SHELLEY WHITTAKER SOAKS UP THE MAGICAL ATMOSPHERE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL MEDIEVAL WALLED CITY AT THIS SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR
SHELLEY’S PERSONAL TOUR
A POETIC PAUSE • Morecambe and Wise Show (Lowry Theatre, Salford)
MODERN ECCENTRICS • The lights fantastic
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CAKE IN THE HOUSE • Taking a day to fill your tins with baking – and your house with delicious scents – is one of the season’s pleasures. These traditional German advent treats will see you through to twelfth night
LEBKUCHEN SPICE MIX (Lebkuchengewürz)
NIKOLAUS (ST NICHOLAS DAY)
HEILIGABEND (CHRISTMAS EVE)
The calm before Christmas • RATHER THAN SEEING ADVENT AS A RACE AGAINST THE CALENDAR, GILLIAN MONKS ADVOCATES REFLECTING ON THIS TIME, AND USING SIMPLE ACTIONS TO HELP OURSELVES AND OTHERS
My day in cups of tea • We asked Santa’s helper Emily Beckloff, of International Elf Service, what makes a good cuppa – and how she keeps the Christmas magic going all year round
A HUT FOR ALL SEASONS Win a cosy night away • EXPERIENCE THE CHARMS OF A BLACKDOWN SHEPHERD HUT WITH AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT DIMPSEY GLAMPING UP FOR GRABS
LET IT SNOW • WHITE CHRISTMAS OR NOT, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN SPECIAL WHEN WE GET SNOW IN THE UK. AS THESE VINTAGE PHOTOS SHOW, OUT COME THE SKIS, SKATES AND SLEDGES TO NAVIGATE THIS WINTRY WONDERLAND
WEARING WELL • Stories of the clothes we love NOVELTY SOCKS
OUR NEWEST ANTHOLOGY FOR EVERYDAY AND ANYTIME • WHAT WILL YOU DO TODAY?
Goodwill hunting • SHOW YOURSELF SOME KINDNESS BY MAKING TIME TO FIND YOUR...