Do the words minimal and Christmas go together?
Let me start off by saying that I love everything about Christmas. I’m that weirdo who’d listen to Christmas music all year if it was socially acceptable. But this year my husband and I have decided to take a different approach towards Christmas and that’s going minimal (with gifts). It’s nothing serious, but the money that was allocated for Christmas had to be spent on other things. Consequently, my current motto is it is what it is because that’s life. The show must go on. And it will, just a little more modestly.
I digress, but a couple years ago I read something on Instagram about Christmas presents for kids. And it talked about giving your children ONLY three gifts. Yes, three gifts.
Something you want. Something you need. Something educational.
And stocking stuffers of course. But yes, only three gifts. The idea behind it is very simple. You give your child: something they want (mini drum set or a doctor kit), something they need (rain boots, a pair of jeans) and something educational (books, leapfrog toys or building blocks).
By limiting your child to three gifts, they’re not over indulged with materialistic items. And it forces you to be more mindful about your gift selection. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want my children thinking Christmas is synonymous with gifts.
And don’t be offended but I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Babies don’t need presents. A couple gifts is more than sufficient since their focus will be on the wrapping paper.
Obviously our current situation is impacting our attitude towards Christmas.
Could we rack up some charges on the ole credit card? Of course, but I don’t feel like it. And I’m sharing this because it’s perfectly acceptable to have a simple Christmas. Because let’s face it, do you remember any of the gifts you got on Christmas as a kid? Probably not, so three very thoughtful gifts should do the trick. We’ll still be having a holly jolly Christmas, but with a lot less wrapping paper.