Simple means “Plain."
Beauty does not need to be adorned. It can stand on its own. Our Christmas celebration often has that "too much makeup on" appearance. We have coated Christmas with tinsel, songs, traditions, parties, and snowy memories. Frankly, the embellishments we've added can detract from the plain loveliness of God's grace.
Simple means “Singular."
A simple Christmas is uncomplicated with secondary matters. Not only have we heaped upon Christmas a ton of tradition, we've expanded it to include a swarm of intentions. Family reunions, office parties, choral performances, church programs, community involvement, winter vacations, gifts for the mailman. None of them are wrong, they're just not central to the season.
Simple means “Innocent."
Christmas should be innocent, without false motive, guileless. When the mall shouts that a plasma TV would make that perfect Christmas gift, I feel conned. Merchants have to sell something but when it's done under the guise of Christmas, the season's innocence is lost. And of course, when I'm obsessed about what’s under the tree with my name on it, my innocence is lost.
Simple means “Common."
Plain, singular, innocent… and common. A simple Christmas is a daily experience. No solitary day can hold the peace and joy intended to extend throughout the year. We put enormous pressure on a single day and crash into January doldrums when Christmas wasn't all we expected it to be. A simple Christmas sees enough good news to last throughout the year.
Obviously, our celebration of Christmas doesn't rest on the dictionary. It does grow from the gospel narrative. There you'll find it as plain as a manger, as singular as the Saviour, as innocent as a babe and as common as "great joy for all people." "For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour who is Christ the Lord!"
When we stay focused on that, we make Christmas easy and straightforward—in other words - “simple”.