The first mindset to a minimalist Christmas is you don’t need more stuff.
The way my family pays for our Christmas presents, stocking stuffers, presents for others, days out, and food for Christmas is we save our coins all year long! And we cannot spend more than we saved.
We give each other 3 presents. Gold, Frankincense, and Mir. Something you REALLY WANT, something you need, and something homemade. I love this approach because to be honest, stuff is so temporary. And we, as humans, get so caught up with our Christmas lists and circling everything we can in store catalogs. That’s totally fine, it’s okay to get caught up in the fun of getting stuff. But take it down a few notches. Do you really need that $50 knick knack that you didn’t know you needed it until you saw it printed in the catalog? No. You really don’t.
Do your kids need hundreds of dollars worth of crap for them to love you? No, they don’t. Z and I are proof of that. We see our parents sacrifices, we see their struggles, we’ve been next to them through all of it. We have a roof over our heads and we have jobs. We don’t go to bed hungry anymore. WE HAVE HEAT! I don’t know if you read part one…but I will NEVER take heat for granted.
So pull in those crazy reigns and learn to appreciate the crap you already have. Teach your kids to be grateful for that roof, the clothes, the food, the heat. Teach them to be appreciative for what presents they do get under the tree. And get rid of that attitude that we deserve those things in the pretty wrapped boxes. We don’t. For the most part…we are so over saturated with crap in this country. We don’t need more.
Heck, this year I just really want/need some socks! I still use and have every single I got from my parents the last two years, because they know what I love and they know what I need. What a great mindset to have going into this consumer holiday!
Jesus is the reason for the season.