It's now less than two months til Christmas! Are you excited? I am...even if I think it is a bit early for the Christmas decor to be out in stores.
As we prepare our hearts for the holiday season, I also like to prepare my home. The early part of November is the perfect time to clean out closets, go through drawers, and just minimalism in general. Usually this is when the weather starts to have us spend more time indoors, so turn on some music (Christmas music, if you dare!) and start cleaning out! I also love to clean out my home in preparation for what the holidays may bring: visiting family and friends, trips away from home, and gifts.
Gifts can be tricky...one family Christmas party can totally scrap your plans for minimalism in the New Year. I'd like to share what my family is initiating.
Have you heard of this gift-giving poem:
Something you want,
Something you need,
Something to wear,
And something to read.
I love that! 4 gifts per family member, that's it. (And kids' clothes and books get a free pass with minimalism in our home, since they are so hard on both and get replaced often!)
My two-year-old, W, might receive this for Christmas:
Want - A helicopter from Disney's Planes: Fire and Rescue
Need - A new pair of shoes
Wear - Christmas jammies
Read - A Larry Gets Lost book
For my husband, it might be:
Want - A spherical ice mold for whiskey
Need - A new cell phone
Wear - A new belt
Read - A subscription to Auto Week
If you exchange gifts with extended family members, consider asking for experiences instead of things (and consider giving experiences, too!). Depending on the recipient, that might be a zoo subscription, passes to a local museum, movie tickets, a trip to the spa, or maybe a special trip to Starbucks!
Our family is trying to put the focus of the holidays back on memories and family instead of accumulating possessions. Will your family consider joining us?
Also, today is the last day to enter my giveaway!