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Minimalism at Christmas Time

This is our first Christmas with a minimalist mentality.  I am viewing Christmas and gifts completely different than I use to.  Here are a few things that have changed since last year.

Shopping for gifts

In the past I would shop and gather gifts for months leading up to Christmas.  I always hated heading out at the last minute and feeling rushed.  The only thing is when you start gathering stuff way ahead of time you end up with a lot of gifts, and sometimes you end up buying things you don’t really NEED.
This year I didn’t buy anything ahead of time.  On November 30th I went to Target because I needed something for Emmett’s school and while I was there I decided that would be a good time to get a few small things for the kids that they really need.
I bought Emmett 2 small cars, one medium sized gift and 2 pairs of pants.  Calvin received only one thing that was needed and I think I will wrap up some of Emmett’s baby toys for him to open.  A one year old has no idea if they are getting a new or used gift.  Re-gifting toys to a younger sibling is a great way to save money and use what you already own.

Grant and I don’t give each other gifts, but this year we are going on a vacation so that is our gift to ourselves and each other.

Amount of gifts

In the past I always thought we needed to open a ton of gifts, the more the better.  With this mentality you end up getting things just for the sake of having something to open.  I don’t want to go through my whole house decluttering just to bring in a bunch of stuff we don’t need.  So every gift I bought this year for the kids was something they either need or will help with imaginative play.

Christmas Decorations

A few weeks ago I went through all of our Christmas decorations and donated all of the stuff I felt we didn’t need.

If you are interested you can watch that here.

Last night when I pulled out the decorations I was so thankful that I had already gone through everything.  It was super easy to decorate knowing everything I had, I wanted to use.

Experience More

“Experience is the knowledge or mastery of an event or subject gained through involvement in or exposure to it.”

This month our plan is to get out and enjoy all of the Christmas activities.  Instead of spending our money on things we will be spending our money on experiences.

CHRISTMAS 2016

This is what our 2016 gifts looked like!

STARTING MINIMALISM

MINIMALIST POST 1

MINIMALIST POST 2

MINIMALIST POST 3

Here is an article about why fewer toys will benefit your kid.

BELOW IS WHAT LAST YEAR LOOKED LIKE!

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Minimalism at Christmas Time

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