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For years, I have been working on decluttering. The process has not been without setbacks. However, lifestyle changes never are. As the holiday season comes in full swing, I am reminded of how much I have. I fill trash bag after trash bag and box after box with giveaway items, and I vow to do better going forward for the hundredth time.
What better way to move forward than with a season of giving at hand? For anyone looking to live life of less as the year winds to a close, a minimalist Christmas guide will give just the bit of direction the holiday season needs.
1. Do NOT overdo it.
Do NOT fill your calendar to the brim with activities. While you absolutely want to embrace all that the holidays have to offer, you are not required to over exert yourself to do it. Last week, as I looked at my full calendar, I had to say “no” to some events for my own sanity. I love lights. I love Christmas crafts and Christmas music. I love all of the festivities and festivals. Each year, I develop a list of all the ways to experience Christmas cheer.
This year, that list will be recommendations not non-negotiables…
Leave room in your lists, party invitations, and holiday planning to bow out. You do not have to see all the movies, or attend all the events. Do Christmas your way on your terms.
2. Presence over presents.
I love getting consumed in gift giving. I enjoy finding the perfect gift for the perfect person – family or friends. Yet, at the end of the day, no matter how perfect the gift is, people need my presence more than presents.
This goes for anyone. Part of a minimalist Christmas is enjoying each other. Live IN the moment. Do not let phones distract you. Do not let lists of “to dos” and “to buys ” distract you. Remember people love you with or without the perfect gift. If they do not, they are not worth your time or your money. Spend your energy on the people you love and who give you love in return.
3. Give experiences.
Over the past few years, I have added the gift of experiences to my tool box. I have given my husband tickets to professional football and basketball games. I have given my niece a gift card to her favorite trampoline park. This year, I plan to do the same with my two boys. Locally, my boys love Defy New Orleans. They are going to be so excited when the wake up to a stocking filled with the gift of trip after trip to their favorite “jumpy place” as they call it.*
In addition, this year my best friend is taking my boys to see monster trucks as their Christmas gifts. Experiences do not go away. Experiences cannot be trashed. Experiences stay with you long after the moment has passed.
4. Shop Small
Alas, some people really do need new shoes, clothes, and vacuum cleaners. Thus, when I can, I shop small. I understand that price is definitely a factor when supporting small business, but there are so many people out there living their dreams. What better way to celebrate this season than to buy a great gift for someone else from a person who will directly reap the benefits of the sale?
I love so many small businesses. I wish I could name them all but I will leave you with my favorite two here.
(1) The Love of People is my go to for all things hair. She is a nurse practitioner, and she understands curly hair. She made my transition into, and maintenance of, natural hair seamless.
(2) Called to Edify Boutique has the cutest Christian apparel and accessories. The owner has a heart for Christ and a passion for doing exactly what He has called her to do.*
You should have your own favorites. As you develop your own relationships with small business owners, you will discover that shopping with them for Christmas is a win-win for all parties involved.
5. Enjoy every moment.
Christmas is a time of year to relish the birth of Jesus Christ. Friends come together. Families come together. Do not rush simply because you see those around you rushing. Slow down. Take it all in.
You will never have this moment again. You will never be this age again. Your children are growing up. Your spouse is growing up. You are growing up. Only right now is promised. You can never get it back. Learn how to enjoy what you have. Do not waste your life in search of more when all you really need is less.
What are some ways that you plan to enjoy a minimalist Christmas?
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Check out some other pieces on ways to enjoy your holidays:
- 20 Ways to Create Christmas Cheer
- Declutter Your Priorities this Minimalist Christmas
- Happy No-Hassle Holidays
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