Can you believe Christmas is already done? It seems like it went by faster than past years. Perhaps that’s because of how much less stressful my holiday was this year.
In the past, I’ve tried different approaches to limit the craziness, but none of them worked as well as my approach this year. I’ve gone the route of homemade gifts, online orders, gift cards— all of which brought about some convenience. However, I still felt something was amiss.
Ready for a change, I tried out a new philosophy: a minimalist Christmas. Read along to find out how I accomplished this and why it was so wonderful.
1. No gifts. That’s right, no gifts for any loved ones and no gifts for myself. (The exception is my niece, as she’s probably too young to understand just yet.) This was the biggest & toughest part, as it was not simple to explain to everyone. In essence, my idea was that it would allow me to enjoy Christmas for what I believe it should be about: family, togetherness, and compassion.
Not receiving any gifts was great because I felt so much lighter coming home, both literally and figuratively. Instead of feeling weighed down with material things, I was able to relax and enjoy the company of my loved ones.
2. Donate. Instead of buying presents for others, I took that money and donated it to those that really needed some assistance. The second-best part of this step was avoiding the shopping masses and traffic.
3. Enjoy the present moment. Instead of groaning at all the Christmas music and lights, I found myself humming songs and marveling at my neighbors’ displays. I watched a few Christmas specials on TV and felt like a kid again. It was the perfect antidote to feeling like such a grown-up all the time.
I haven’t decided if I will celebrate a minimalist Christmas again next year, but it’s very possible. It was such a liberating experience. Even if I decide not to do it again, I’m glad I took the chance and got outside my “box.”
Did you do anything different or unusual for your Christmas? Do you like to try new things just to get outside your comfort zone?