05 Nov 7 Tips for a Simpler Christmas
I’m so excited to talk to you about a simple, clutter free Christmas. Here are my top seven tips to have the simple Christmas you’ve always dreamed of!
Remember: Don’t hurt feelings in the process.
This first tip has less to do about things and more to do with your heart.
Not everyone is in the place where you are. Not everyone wants a simple Christmas. Keep in mind that the rest of your family might not want to celebrate Christmas this way.
Know Your Why.
Why do you want to have a simpler Christmas?
You need to know your why, and you have to remember it.
As you go through the process of having a simple Christmas, obstacles will come up. When you hit a wall, you’ll need to know what your why is.
There is a big buzz out there about what minimalism is.
On the extreme, you’ll see people who only own 5 things, refuse to put anything on their walls, and don’t even want their rooms painted.
On the other side, you’ll find the more life-friendly approach.
Just because you want to have a simple Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t decorate at all. You can avoid overloading your kids with Christmas and still include traditions and celebration.
It’s all about having a balance.
If you have 5 Christmas villages, maybe you should only put up one. If you usually make four dozen cookies, try making only one. Just scale back.
Prepare for Incoming Toys.
We all have a pain point when it comes to Christmas: an increase in clutter.
Prepare for the influx of toys by declutter before hand. Let your kids know that they are getting rid of some toys because they might be getting a lot of new ones on Christmas.
You don’t have to throw things away. Try boxing up toys and putting them away. If they forget all about it after a while, you can get rid of it, but if they really miss a toy, go ahead and give it back to them.
I don’t want to be so obsessed with minimalism that I throw out things that are important to my family members.
Give Each Child Three Gifts.
Last year, we started a three gift system in our house.
Our kids get something they need, something to read, and something they want. This means they get an article of clothing, a book, and a toy.
This helped us to limit what we purchased. We discovered that three presents were enough for our boys. They looked forward to their gifts.
Choose the Right Types of Gifts.
Avoid buying cheap “happy meal” toys. Even if the toy is on trend, don’t buy a toy that is bad quality or all hype. Stay away from trinkets.
Try to find toys that spark imagination. Try building blocks or musical instruments. We gave our boys ukuleles one year, and they were a great way to help our boys tap into their creativity.
Maybe try consumable gifts that can be used up. Art supplies are great because your kids can use them up instead of having gifts that just create clutter.
Focus on Experiences
At the end of the day, having a simpler Christmas is more about enjoying experiences instead of things.
Ideas for Experiences
- Making and enjoying hot cocoa
- Making and decorating cookies
- Christmas caroling
- Going to see the Christmas lights
- Making new traditions of serving others
We are constantly trying to teach our boys to like things and love people.
My family started the tradition of giving the adults in the family experiences instead of gifts. One year we went to a football game. Another year we did an escape room together.
This helps because adults can often be hard to shop for, but experiences help us grow closer.
If you do give a gift, make it meaningful. One year, I gave my grandma a children’s book with pictures of her grandchildren in it. Give a gift that will be cherished rather than added to clutter.
This Christmas, don’t focus on being a consumer. Focus on being with your family.
I’d love to hear from you in the Girl of Grace group! Go there and share what you like to do to make your Christmas simple and meaningful.