Last year was my first real Christmas as an adult. I had my own tree, my own decorations, and my own presents. My husband and I did our own Christmas morning, and it was great. It was also the first year that I really focused on having a minimalist Christmas. This year, I’m really looking forward to Christmas, but I want to take care to keep things extra minimalist. Fortunately, I’m going to be away until December 10th, which should help keep things in check. Here are a few other ways I’m going to stay minimalist.
Perishable, Minimalist Decorations
I really don’t want the tote I have that’s labelled “Christmas Decorations” to slowly multiply into two totes, then three, then four, as I collect more and more Christmas stuff. So this year I’m going to try and get as many perishable decorations as possible. Things like real wreaths that can be composted after the new year, a real tree (as opposed to a fake one that spends 99% of it’s time in a box in the closet) and popcorn on string for a garland instead of tinsel. Sure, it might take a little bit of extra time to get these decorations, but it’ll be worth it when Christmas is over, and my Christmas decoration collection didn’t grow too much.
I’m going to keep the overall decorating to a minimum this year as well, I’m going to resist the urge to shop and buy cute things because, after all, I’m only going to use them once a year. That said, I have bought a total of four decorations for the tree already, but they’re of the handmade, local or fair trade variety, and I know I’m going to keep them in the family for years to come.
Minimalist Christmas Gifts
I already went over some great minimalist Christmas gifts but I wanted to reiterate that I’m trying to keep the overall quantity of gifts down this year as well. I’m going to get my husband a few things that he really needs, as well as gifts for my parents and one sister (we do a gift exchange) but other than that, I don’t want the gift aspect of Christmas to get too out of hand.
Consumption as a national past time is already at a fever pitch this time of year, and I have absolutely no desire to wade into that mess. I’m going to get my Christmas shopping done nice and early, and I’m going to stay as far away from the mall as I can.
A Minimalist Christmas Party Schedule
I’ve been super busy lately. I travelled to Toronto for the ING Direct event a few weeks ago, I paid off my debt, and now I’m back in Toronto again for three weeks. What I really want for Christmas is some peace and quiet. I don’t want to be running all over hill and dale for umpteen different coffee dates. I want to relax and have some down time. This isn’t always the easiest thing to achieve this time of year, but I’m hoping I can apply the word “Minimalist” to my personal calendar around the holidays as well.
How are you planning on keeping your Christmas minimalist? I want to know!