Most of us can probably feel the energy and the anxiety of the festivities coming up. Just pop into any retail store and the music and the pressure to buy and give as much as possible is everywhere. There is this feeling of I better get this now before it is gone. You might even be thinking of previous years when you felt stressed the day before Christmas and you were worried you didn’t have enough or you missed someone who is sure to give you something. Ugh!! I remember one year as a youngster thinking I would stay up all night to finish knitting a scarf to give to my brother. Lol
When I was younger and a stay at home mom with two young children, I actually made all my gifts for family and friends. That was certainly a happy time even though we had little money. This was back in the day of macramé, knitting, crocheting and ceramics. I was so proud of those gifts and had really poured my heart and soul into them. I have heard of families having this as a theme for Christmas gifts. Good idea that could be a lot of fun.
Anyway, back to now. I believe that things are changing and people are more aware of the fact that they do not need a lot of gifts. A lot of people in my circles say that if they “need” something they will just go out and buy it. The thought is “I want to let go of stuff, I really don’t need more clutter!” As we get older and might not be entertaining as much we realize we don’t need to decorate as much. We are ready to donate some of those decorations (early in the season is best). I was reading about people putting these type of items on the Buy Nothing sites and they are snapped up real quick and very much appreciated by the recipients.
Christmas is for the Children
Of course when it comes to children this can be a bit more challenging as Christmas is really for them. Think back as to how it was when we were little and hopefully you have some good memories. What was your favourite gift or maybe it was an experience? I loved when it was snowy and we would go outside to play (maybe with our new toboggan) and then come in with rosy cold cheeks for a hot chocolate. And then there was the excitement of playing with our new gifts. So fun!
Some ideas for a Simpler Holiday
- If you must give a gift try to make it a consumable gift – something that you can use – Here are some ideas for Clutter Free Gifts
- Spend within your means and let others know you are making some changes this year – it’s okay to say no to events, traditions, parties, etc. if they do not feel right for you
- Pare down your Christmas decorations that you are not using and consider gifting them to someone in need
- If you love to bake – consider gifting friends and family with some yummy treats
- Plan an outing for yourself and a friend – a music concert, a walk in the park, a special lunch out, etc.
- If you are cooking a big dinner, ask for some help from family or friends
- Give yourself permission to let go of a few things – let go of perfectionism
- Plan for a new or different tradition
- Volunteer at an organization where they support vulnerable people
- Give yourself the Gift of Organization – you are worth it!
- What else?
As always, I love to hear from you. How are you simplifying the holidays this year?