Last year, I wrote about how I had left it a little late to have meaningful conversations with loved ones about exchanging gifts, or rather not exchanging. So, I did my best to gift consumables or experiences and accepted any gifts with love and gratitude. I had a lovely Christmas and I felt blessed and fortunate.
However, I did make a mental note to try and be more intentional this year. So I started a bit earlier.
Oh, it’s a difficult balance. Too early and people throw things at you for mentioning Christmas; too late and people have already made arrangements and the awkwardness is far worse. I tried this last year with one person and they said they had already got me a gift – they looked so hurt that I scrambled to say that of course it was fine and things would be as normal.
So, this year, I’ve started with about a month to go. My starting point was having, what I thought may have been awkward, conversations about the lack of gift-giving. To be fair, the awkwardness was all in my head and I may even have put off some conversations because of this. But, in the end, they were fine.
Now I’m sure my lovely readers wouldn’t let a bit of perceived awkwardness put them off their minimalist journeys, but just in case, I thought I’d share some tips with you 🙂
- Plan your approach in reasonable time – don’t spring this on Christmas Eve!
- Be honest – no need to over-explain, justify or excuse – if this is the approach you’ve decided to take – fine, it’s your decision.
- Don’t be guilted into conforming – you’re making a lifestyle choice to suit what’s best for you.
- However, you can’t make this choice on behalf of others! They will do what makes most sense to them and it may not conform with your own ideas – that’s life!
- Be gracious if you do get a gift – this approach is not for everyone.
Have a great week 😊