More often than not I see great benefits of applying minimalist principles to individual areas of life. Christmas is no exception.
Imagine if you could confidently reduce the normal Christmas busyness into only the most important aspects. There would be less stress, less debt, and far more enjoyment.
Here are a few ways to enjoy a minimalist Christmas.
Instead of Giving Traditional Gifts……….
This year, instead of giving a bunch of gifts and subsequently spending a bunch of money, try these things instead.
Give Your Time
Now that I’m a parent there’s absolutely nothing more important to me than spending time with my family. Instead of giving a material gift go spend time with family. Organize a dinner for everyone or go visit different family members individually if needed.
No gift could be more appreciated.
If you’re still wanting to purchase a Christmas gift for someone consider gifting experiences rather than a tangible gift. Tickets to the Zoo, a movie, or show are great ideas and for kids something like a craft subscription box could even be well appreciated.
Also, if your family normally buys gifts for everyone suggest a Secret Santa this year so that everybody isn’t stressed to the max trying to afford regular gift giving.
Instead of Decking the Halls……….
While I do enjoy decorating I’d definitely consider my Christmas décor to be very minimal. Pick just a few items that are really meaningful to you to display and don’t spend money on anything else.
(Or you could check out these cheap and free ideas for Christmas décor.)
Instead of Stressing Yourself Out………..
………………over everything have an intentional Christmas. Map out exactly what you’re going to do, who you’re going to visit, and which parties and obligations you will NOT commit to.
Figure out what the most important aspects of Christmas are to you and enjoy them. Forget the materialism, forget the excess money spent, forget the stress………..just enjoy other people.