Minimalist lifestyle and Christmas Gifts
We are only 12 days away till Christmas Eve! Christmas is a very exciting time in our household. We love to bake, sing Christmas carols, look at Christmas lights and truly cherish seeing our children's faces when Santa comes!
We are just starting to navigate the waters of Christmas with children. In regards to gifts, it seems to get out of control quite quickly. Everyone wants to see the joy of a child receiving a gift but it adds up when mom & dad, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and family friends all want to give gifts. Another tricky thing with our family is both our children celebrate birthdays in February. In less than eight weeks after Christmas another influx of gifts come into the house. Over the years our extended family gift giving has evolved and now feel the same way about an excess of items coming into the house at this time of year. Here are a few things we have done over the years to minimize the amount of things we receive:
- putting a monetary limit on gift spending.
- sticking to a budget!
- giving experience gifts
- drawing names
- eliminating stocking gifts
- eliminating gifts for adults
Depending on traditions, how you feel about gift giving, etc those ideas above may or may not resonate with your family and this just might be the one time a year where you just go crazy. Regardless, everyone can do a check in to see why we are purchasing something for an individual Will they love it? Is it something that they need? or are we simply spending and consuming for traditional sake?
Another holiday tradition we will begin this year is helping Santa's elves out. Those elves work pretty dang hard to make toys for everyone each year so we are going to leave a few gently used items under our tree this year on Christmas Eve for Santa to bring back to the North Pole to hand out to children next year. We are hoping that his helps our children exercise in growing their own giving hearts, keep our toys in the house at a reasonable amount and make room for new toys that Santa brings that night.
Looking forward to spreading some Christmas cheer in these next couple of weeks and enjoying Christmas Day with my little Cubs.