Christmas doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or stressful. Instead it could be about making memories, slowing down and spending time with your friends and family. Over the years I’ve learned to have a more minimal and simple festive season which takes so much of the stress out of it. I’ve still got a way to go but I’m slowly getting there.
If you too are looking for a simpler and more meaningful festive season, there are little things you can do this year to make it happen. It really comes down to focusing on what’s important to you and trying to let go of the rest. Sometimes this is easier said than done but even if you pick one or two things from the ideas below, you will have a calmer, simpler and more minimalist Christmas.
Here are a few things you can do to have a simpler Christmas this year:
let go of traditions (that you don’t enjoy)
Christmas traditions are wonderful so long as you enjoy them. But how many traditions do you follow simply because you’ve always done it that way or because your parents did it that way? Or maybe you feel you’re expected to do things a certain way. Consider which traditions really matter to you and let go of the rest. And why not make some new traditions that mean something to you? We’re hosting Christmas this year and won’t be making the traditional turkey + trimmings meal. Both Richard and I love getting creative in the kitchen so we’ll be cooking up a very non-traditional meal that we enjoy cooking. By letting go, you’ll end up having a simpler and more stress-free holiday that you enjoy more and, as a result, so will those around you.
buy fewer gifts
When it comes to buying gifts, it’s not only the expense but it’s also the stress that comes from deciding what to buy each person. And what about the gifts you receive? How often have you been given gifts that you’re never going to use? For me, gift buying is one of the most stressful parts of Christmas. While it helps to plan your
keep decorations simple
I always opt for simpler and fewer decorations because I like a calming, neutral aesthetic. But fewer, less colourful decorations also mean a lot less visual clutter. So if you’re wanting a more minimalist Christmas, this is the way to go. One of the best ways to do this is to embrace nature as Christmas decor. Simple festive greenery, foraged branches and twigs and, pine cones all work really well. Often, I forgo a large Christmas tree (it’s not a tradition that matters to me) and opt for branches and other stems that I hang ornaments from. Add a few scented candles,
do what you enjoy
Borrow the Danish concept of
less is more
Christmas is a time when there’s more and more of everything. Whether thats gifts, decorations, an (over) abundance of food or too many activities and outings — it’s often just too much! So if you take nothing else away from these tips, just remember that less is more. In other words doing less, having less, decorating with less, even eating less will all allow you to have a simpler and more considered Christmas.