A minimalist Christmas

2017-12-24 Cards

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.

2017-12-24 Cody in santa hat

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 🙂

  8 comments for “A minimalist Christmas

  1. December 27, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Those cards are so cute!!! Happy New year to you!!😊

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    • December 27, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      Hi there, thanks so much for reading and commenting! Yes, I love the cards and the fact that they are home-made makes them so special. Every best wish to you for 2018, Lx 🙂

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  2. onyx-natasha
    December 25, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    A beautiful holiday post! As always, your post always look amazing 😊

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    • December 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks so much, Onyx-Natasha, and for all your support throughout the year. I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas break, Lxxx

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  3. December 24, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I also failed to have the conversations before the holidays were upon us, and so I over spent, and feel guilty about it. I wanted to make sure I could give to all the people on my list, when I should have focused on having intentional conversations with my family members instead. Next christmas I’m planning on starting a lot earlier, and hopefully I’ll really wind up with NO PRESENTS under the tree!

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    • December 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Hiya Steph, thanks so much for reading and commenting, especially as it means I’ve just found your blog and I love it!! I’m glad to know I wasn’t the only one who left things too late! I’ll be taking a leaf out of your book and starting earlier next year! Lx

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  4. littleblackdomicile
    December 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    The best way to respond to a gift is to graciously say thank you. Those close to you already know you well and do not expect a gift in return. You are the gift to all of us! Merriest if Christmas my friend! -Laurel

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    • December 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you for your wise and kind words, Laurel xxx

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