So, at the risk of stating the obvious – it’s Christmas! And may I start with sharing my favourite decorations this year – home-made cards from my nephews and niece – how cute are these?!
There are so many different brands and flavours of minimalism and I think this becomes even more obvious around Christmas. It can be a magical time, spent with family and friends. It can also be a time of over-indulgence and over-consumption. But what I don’t want it to be, is a time of guilt.
I wish I could have been more intentional this Christmas. But sometimes the rituals of gift-giving and celebration are almost too difficult to break – without hurting others. To be honest, I should have started some meaningful conversations a lot earlier. I find it very difficult to get a card or a gift from someone and then explain why I won’t be reciprocating.
But I try to gift consumables, donations to charity or experiences – rather than ‘stuff’. And people still seem to love and appreciate them.
So rather than focus on stuff or who gave what to whom or wondering if I’m being ‘minimal’ enough – I want to spend this Christmas with intentionality and gratitude.
I’m incredibly fortunate compared to so many. I have family, friends, work, interests, the lovely blogging community and of course, Mr. Minimal-Lol and my fur baby, Cody – I’m safe, well-fed and sheltered. To want any more seems to tempt fate. So, I want to appreciate and enjoy what I have.
Of course I could be more minimal. Of course I could consume less. And sometimes I feel frustrated with myself. But for now, I feel blessed and rich.
I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas 🙂