A Simple Christmas
This year, my family has basically decided to opt out of the spending frenzy that revolves around Christmas. Each year, the Lovering family Christmas seems to get smaller and smaller, and frankly, I couldn't be more thankful for it.
This year, we decided to make it the most simple Christmas ever. Instead of spending lots of money on multiple gifts for each other, my parent's wanted to give us a challenge: one gift for each person with a $10 limit.
At first I was like "shit, $10?" but it actually turned out to be kind of a fun task.
As cliche as it sounds, Christmas to my family has never been about the presents. Maybe when my brother and I were little we did the big Santa thing, but it's always been more about watching movies and spending a few days together with family. We've had the same traditions for years, and as everyone gets older and it gets more difficult to balance schedules, we still find a way to make it work and that makes it so special for us.
I've managed to cut my Christmas spending basically down to nothing in the last few years. This year my boyfriend Mike and I even opted out of getting gifts for each other. We've been together long enough that we just don't see the point. I was finished my shopping by the end of November this year, and I only have about 5 gifts under my tiny little tree.
It's made me enjoy the holidays that much more.
I don't feel stressed out about finding the perfect gift, or worried about if I spent enough money on so-and-so. I can just sit back and relax and look forward to eating a nice dinner, drinking some wine, and watching some movies with my family.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE buying gifts and giving them to people. Half the time when I do give gifts, I can't even wait until Christmas to give them! I just get too excited. So I definitely don't judge anyone who does spend a lot of money on Christmas - it is different for every family.
If I do get gifts, I always try to buy someone an experience rather than a disposable item. It gives us the chance to do something together rather than give something they might not even enjoy.
I challenge you to try a simple Christmas for just one year to see how much of a nice change it can be.
The older I get, the less I care about making everything grand and picture perfect. I remember the fun we have spending time together more than what I got as a gift.
I mean, isn't that the whole point of Christmas anyways?