We absolutely adored how simple Christmas was in Oxford. There were lights, garlands, and beautiful decorations of red and green and silver and gold. No inflatable Santas, blinding lights blinking incessently, or overly decorated trees and houses. Just simple, beautiful decorations that speak to the true meaning of Christmas. I have never felt the spirit of Christmas more strongly. We actually went to Paris over Christmas and thought it would be highly decorated like in the US... but it wasn't either. Just simple lights and decorations. Lovely.
While we were living in England we purchased some baubles of our own (on sale for £1 per box at an after Christmas sale). We bought three boxes (12 total) and they all survived the journey home. I love how they are all nestled in their boxes.
They remind me of that simple Christmas we spent abroad. I will never forget it.