Minimalist Christmas

December 22, 2017

I remember our first adult Christmas we spent together as a family, my brother and father included. It was a Christmas I will never forget because we hadn't all been together for a Christmas probably since I was a a child. And it was magical.

We went to the Santa Claus Parade with hot chocolate, watched fireworks. Christmas day we opened a few gifts together, ate too much, drank just a little. I had never felt so surrounded with so much genuine love. {Currently sobbing like a baby remembering.} But it was the time we spent together, the laughs, the Walking Dead marathon, and the cuddles my father got to have with my children,

Since leaving my home province we have slowly become cozy minimalists and this has been our most minimal Christmas yet, and I kind of like it!

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Minimalist Christmas Perks

  1. Saving all the cash! I made my Dandelion Lavender Salve and gave these out to the women in the family and they all loved it, this was practically free other than the labor we put into it. It was the best homemade gift I've ever given, wrapped in a brown paper package tied up with string and a fresh cut mum. For our immediate family, we each got one big item each {I spent all my money on essential oils hah!}. C'est tout! Stocking stuffers included socks, underwear and a new toothbrush. If it helps you to resist buying all the things, just don't go shopping!
  2. The Clutter! Over the last year I have really grown to love the empty rooms minimalism provides. And although we cut down a tree and decorate it, the clutter and cleaning up will be very minimal because we don't decorate the whole house!
  3. You can forget about mailing the Christmas Cards and not feel guilty! Each year I would sign a dozen cards, address and stamp them and they almost never were mailed out because life is too busy! I love to support our local mail carriers but it ends up being so wasteful because I'll usually toss them when I find them.
  4. The greedy behaviors just don't happen with kids who live in a home where it's not all about the presents bought and money spent.
  5. The lessons we carry on to our children are that Christmas doesn't come from the store. Dr. Seuss says is right: 
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling, and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons, it came without tags, it came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. - The Movie

How to keep the gift giving minimal

  • JUST SAY NO | or let it be known that you won't be accepting gifts and if they love you, they'll respect your wishes but for those who can't help themselves...
  • OFFER ACCEPTABLE GIFTS | Some family will need to give you a gift because that is their love language. Offer to enjoy a day date together, visit the zoo, opera, movies, road trip or some other memory making experience! Also allow gifts that are useful, or edible, because they aren't really clutter, their food and will only be around for a short time anyways!
  • KINDLY ACCEPT & DONATE | For our children, we will accept gifts from those who just don't listen to our requests, but we allow the kids to choose an item to sell or donate to another child in need of toys.

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