The Year of Living Minimally – Week Twenty-one

How are you holding up? ‘Tis the season for stressing out. Well, not me. I’m not going to do it.

Not this year.

Here’s our ‘tree.’ My Christmas cactus didn’t bloom this year (it’s fickle that way), but I adorned it with little fairy lights and nestled one ornament in it – a sweet ceramic dove inscribed with Jim’s dad’s name. Jim received it from the funeral home that held a lovely memorial service for all the family members who’d lost loved ones this year. It seems fitting to keep things simple this year. We’d scaled way back on our decorations before this year, but the little tree and the strands of lights will sleep in their bins for a bit longer.

I’ve minimized my shopping, too. Give experiences, time, things that can be consumed. How about taking a friend to the movies? Lunch? Coffee? If you’re a couple, decide on a getaway, or home improvement. I know some parents work with their children to donate gently used toys and games before Santa brings more – what a great idea!

Jim did mention a couple of books, and he’ll get them. Remember I donated a few boxes of books earlier this year? That was to make room for more books (haha). My sisters and brother-in-law will be able to eat and/or drink their gifts.

Honestly, we have everything we need. Do you?

For more insights about gift-giving, check out The Minimalists’ post on gift-giving

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10 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally – Week Twenty-one

  1. Martha
    Christmas was always my Dad’s favorite time of year, my happiest memories are with my Dad decorating the house, wrapping gifts or just listening to him sing to his favorite Christmas albums . He loved Andy Williams and Johnny Cash . My father was born on Christmas Eve and was raised in Forster Homes on farms in NH. He would tell me his mother would send him for Christmas a box of pencils and new pair of shoes every yr, he was very poor but it didn’t matter to him he loved his pencils cause he mother didn’t forget him . He had a crappy childhood but my Dad always said “it’s not the Quality of the gifts it’s all about the love that was put into the gift. “. To my Dad it was the simple things that matter, family and being grateful in what you have.

    Missing him as always 🎄🎄🎄

  2. I couldn’t agree more Martha! Less IS more at times. I am in my second year of no gifts under the tree. Instead I will again gather my kids from London, Boston and DC and with my husband we will travel and spend time together as a family. Our gift is time and it makes us all very happy!
    I hope to continue this tradition for many years! Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season Martha….love you!
    Karen 💕

    1. Thank you, Karen – what a wonderful tradition, and one I’m sure your children will always treasure.
      This morning I am baking, and all of it will go out of the house.
      Merry Christmas, my friend ♥️♥️♥️🎄

  3. I scaled back my decorating years ago and then grandchildren came along. Now it is a big production again. The kids are coming on Sunday for a tree decorating party. I am hoping that someone wants to take home some decorations I no longer use though.

  4. I think minimalism is the way forward for us all. Time to reign consumerism in and give thanks for what we already have. The world will be a much happier, better place if we all take a leaf out of your book and, speaking of books…I wish you every success with your latest! Go Martha! Merry Minimalist Christmas to you xxx

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