How My Family is Having a Minimalist Christmas for the First Time
Y’all need to know something about me (if you don’t already) – I LOVE Christmas! As much as I hate winter, that’s how much I love Christmas. I love spending time with my friends and family, playing games, eating delicious food, celebrating our faith, and of course, giving gifts.
I don’t mind getting gifts but what I really love is giving gifts. I love to see people’s reactions when they unwrap their presents and I love making them feel happy and special with what I am able to give them.
I do my best to give gifts that make the receiver feel special and loved. I try to make them as personal as possible too so that they know I was thinking specifically of them when I bought or made the gift.
As much as I love Christmas and giving gifts, it can get expensive really quickly if you aren’t careful about your gift-giving budget. Although I didn’t set a specific budget for gifts this year, I’m trying to keep it under control as much as possible.
One way that I’m limiting my gift-giving budget is embracing more of a minimalistic approach to Christmas gifts. This is something that my whole (immediate) family has agreed to adopt for the first time this year.
In past years, my immediate family – my dad, my mom, my brother and I – would meet at my parents’ house for breakfast and then would begin opening gifts from under the Christmas tree.
We always take turns going one at a time so we can ooh and aah over each person’s gift before the next person’s turn. While this did drag out our gift exchange, making it quite a bit longer than it would have to be, it also served as entertainment for us too.
Then in the past few years, I noticed that we were getting so many gifts at Christmas that we weren’t really using them, appreciating them, or even remembering all of them.
With that in mind, I asked my family if they’d be okay with having a different kind of Christmas this year. Instead of going crazy with gifts for each other, we are going to take a more minimalist approach:
We are giving only 1 gift per person.
This means that each of the four of us will receive 3 gifts in total – one from each of the other family members. Hopefully this will make us more appreciative of the gifts we receive this year.
In addition, we discussed the other benefits of having a more minimalist Christmas, like:
- Saving money
- Cutting down on less desirable/clutter gifts
- Using less wrapping paper
- Saving time shopping, wrapping, and unwrapping gifts
Also, now that my brother and I are both adults, we don’t necessarily need our parents to gift us everything we need during Christmas and birthdays. We can buy most of the things we want and need on our own now.
My family didn’t set a spending limit on the gifts. Instead we decided to stick to a “reasonable” price range.
Hopefully this minimalist Christmas is a new tradition that will be around for years to come. I think it’s going to be a great change to our typical Christmas.
Does your family have gift or spending limits? Is your Christmas minimalistic or over-the-top?
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