How to Practice Minimalism at Christmas with Children

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Trying to practice minimalism at Christmas is always important to me especially with children. I try to help my little ones to understand that Christmas isn’t just about the gifts they receive. We know that consumerism is at an all-tіme high and it is hard not to give in to the temptation of nice, new things. One of my greatest struggles as a minimalist mother is guiding my children on a path to living more and owning less. I’m no different from any other parent that wants to give their children the world. However, on this journey, it has become clearer that the best gifts for children are not always things. I’d like to share with you a few ways to practice minimalism at Christmas with children.

Firstly, provide children with a lasting gift. Just because you are a minimalist doesn't mean you can't give anything to your family at Christmas. One of the best things you can give is a gift that leaves a memory such as a year pass to the zoo or museum, register for monthly kindle book subscription, or tickets to a live show.

In addition to that, random acts of kindness are essential. Here, it is very vital to teach our children’s habits of empathy, kindness, and humanity which build up a good morale as they grow up.

Having a minimalist Christmas holiday entails connecting with extended family and friends. It is a time to appreciate the little things and the people that make our lives blessed. Hosting a dinner party and allowing the children to help with the menu, prep, and decorating will show them ways to show love without it coming in a neatly wrapped package. This is one of the best parts about the Christmas holidays. Children like an endless buffet of their favorites and being around the ones they love.

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Decide іn advance how the holiday season wіll be spent. If you and your children are going to celebrate a minimalist Christmas, let them know ahead of time. We have had simple holidays for several years now. However, it is important to set realistic expectations. Talk to your children about how many gifts they should expect under the tree. Set limits for the number or amount that will be spent. Setting it to three to five gifts makes it easier to manage a budget for you and also encourages your children to be more intentional about what they truly want. Try replacing what they may think they're missing out on with activities that bring you closer. Decorate the tree together. Watch holiday movies together to fill in time that would usually be spent playing with toys. If you have family and friends coming over, make it a game night with age-appropriate games for everyone. Create new traditions and revive traditions from your past.

It is totally up to you but if you have older children you will want to explain to them why you are taking this minimalistic approach to the holidays and even ask for their opinions on how things should be done. This holiday you should sincerely take the emphasis off the gift wagon and instead, focus on the peace, love, and goodwill that the holiday is built around. Allow your children to participate in giveback opportunities with families in need and spreading joy to those that are alone or confined due to health reason. This will allow them to see the true meaning of the season and begin a tradition of giving.

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In the same light, it is essential to practice gratitude and thanksgiving. Christmas offers the delightful opportunity to be grateful and share special memories wіth people you love. But we have to make the choice to be grateful and to love people around us. Practice living intentionally durіng this season! It's a time when people become more naturally generous and loving. It’s also a time when people are more receptive to thіnkіng about the deeper things іn life, such as spirituality, finding purpose and meaning in life. Don't miss out on those conversations and moments with your children.


Equally important, evaluating traditions assist in practicing minimalism. Do you really have to put up every single decoration you own every year? Maybe they were once special, but if you are pursuing minimalism, іt might be time to reevaluate those things and simplify. It's also good to evaluate how you and your children spend your time during the holidays. Some traditions might be really special and enjoyable. Don’t feel forced to celebrate in a specific way, especially if it’s a self-imposed expectation and creates a desire for overindulgence. Talk about traditions with your children and celebrate with traditions that truly add meaning to your Christmas,

Happy Holidays,

Shelly C.