Let’s be honest, your first minimalist Christmas may be a challenge. Here are some tips to make it easier.
Even if you have already done a major purge, your Christmas decorations were likely one of your keepers. For many, when you decorate and the way you decorate is a family tradition. Since minimalism is all about experiences maintain your traditions. If you purged and moved to a smaller location and don’t have as many decorations, stock up again during the after Christmas sales so that you don’t break the bank.
Express Your Receiving Guidelines
To be fair to your family and friends shoot out a short and quick minimalist Christmas email. Something along the lines of “as you may know this will be our first minimalist Christmas. As our consumption habits have changed, we will be giving homemade gifts this year. We are fortunate enough to have everything we need so please don’t feel obligated to exchange gifts.” Or, encourage your family to draw names instead. Within your home, be sure to set clear expectations for family. Especially with kids who are eagerly awaiting Santa. You may even request that family only buy for the kids.
Continue To Indulge In Your Favorite Holiday Traditions
Minimalism isn’t about depriving yourself. While you may not be investing in gifts like in years past, still hit up the holiday parties and events. Take a mini vacation to play in the snow. Buy tickets to see the Nutcracker. Add lights to your house and decorations to your yard. Whatever it is that you love most, keep doing it.
It may be hard for your family to understand your new lifestyle, so be thankful if they continue to buy for you in excess as there is always someone you can regift or donate things too.