Have you ever had spent much more than you thought at Christmas? I know it could be the most stressful time of the year for some of us.
Today, I’d like to share with you how to simplify Christmas with a minimal perspective. Have a simple Christmas with these 5 minimalist approaches, you’ll enjoy the holidays more.
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How to Simplify Christmas
1. Simplify Christmas Gift Gifting
My husband and I don’t exchange gifts when it comes to this time of the holiday season. Honestly, he doesn’t need to buy me a gift to make me happy. We have the same financial goal and we budget our money. We would like to have a nice dinner at our favorite restaurant instead of exchanging gifts.
As a believer, Christmas is celebrating Jesus Christ and His birth. We both love to spend time together as a family and celebrate Christmas with a simple holiday joy without gifts or fancy stuff.
We let our extended family and friends know not to exchange gifts. Buy gifts for fewer people makes me less stressed for family and friends gathering.
We won’t break our bank and worry about buying something that they might not like. Of course, there are some people who we still keep buying gifts for, just like our parents, kids, and teachers, etc.
Knowing how many gifts you have to buy, save up in advance. Set a budget and stick to it.
2. Give Experiences Instead of Material Gifts
We all know that we have to spend money this holiday season. For us, we have chosen to value experiences over material things.
We would rather spend money on traveling than buying stuff. The joy of travel keeps happiness in our memory and no one can steal it. The last time we took our daughter to see The Phantom of Opera when we were in New York City, she enjoyed it so much. To this day, she still remembers and talks about the story. Yes, the tickets for this Broadway show are expensive, but they are worth every penny.
Don’t get me wrong, we still enjoy gift giving. We have participated in our community’s “Adopt a Family” program in the past few years. Donating new toys, new clothes, and Christmas baskets is another way to help needy families.
Giving back to the community and helping others is not only good for them but also makes you happier and more fulfilling life.
3. Shop Online Early
I always shop online to avoid the lines and big crowds in stores. Many retailers now have online stores, provide coupon codes and big discounts for the holidays.
Plan ahead, do some researches and compare the prices. What I found out is I’ve always got the best deals during Black Friday than Christmas.
A gift card is a great option when you don’t have time to shop or are not sure what is the best thing to buy. We all love gift cards, right? I like Starbucks gift cards for my daughter’s teachers with handwritten notes. My thought is even if they don’t really love it, they can pass it on to someone else. It’s easier than a physical gift.
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4. Make Time Together
It could be stressful if you have too many events and parties to go to and spend that much money to buy gifts. Get yourself involved in the parties you like the most and politely say no to the invites you don’t want to go to. We’re just too busy in our daily life. Don’t stress yourself out to attend all the parties. It’s time of the season to relax and spend time only with your loved ones.
For us, spending time as a family and making memories matter much more than anything. There are a lot of fun things to do during the holidays. We like to bake Christmas cookies, DIY crafts, make a gingerbread house, watch Christmas movies, play board games, see Christmas lights in the neighborhood, go ice skating and so on.
Our family also has a Christmas tradition. We have been going to Niagara Falls during the festive season for many years now. Stay a night there, have some good food, see the falls and the Winter Festival of Lights. The family is a blessing and all these things will give lasting memories for all of us.
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5. Simplify Christmas Decorating
We love to decorate our house during this festive season though, we just keep things simple with minimal decorations. We’ve always used decor items from the past Christmases.
Instead of putting up a bunch of Christmas decorations, we have a pre-lit Christmas tree without ornaments and only a few hand-made craft ornaments from my daughter.
We also like to hang in windows with some very pretty dollar-store plastic snowflakes. We enjoy minimal decorations, listening to the holiday music and seeing the Christmas tree lights twinkling throughout the holidays. Simplify decorations and once you try, you’ll feel better with less decorating, I promise!
Remember, focus on what truly matters, spend precious time with your loved ones, relax and enjoy the holidays!
How do you simplify your Christmas? Please leave your comment and I’d like to know.
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