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
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.
A few weeks ago I went through all of our Christmas decorations and donated all of the stuff I felt we didn’t need.
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 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.
This is what our 2016 gifts looked like!
BELOW IS WHAT LAST YEAR LOOKED LIKE!