It is Christmas today and I hope everyone is enjoying time and making memories with their families. This has been a pretty successful slow Christmas for me. I thought I would take a moment to wish you all a happy holiday and record, mostly for me what made this holiday successful.
- Hubby and I don’t do gifts. What we do instead is both take off the end of the year for his school break. We spend time together and are able to slow down and fully appreciate all that we have, especially each other.
- Even though I was fortunate enough to be invited to a couple of parties, some I even intended to go to, I ended up saying no to all of them. A snow storm pushed back the minimal Christmas activities I had to accomplish and I did not want to experience that harried Christmas rush.
- We don’t really do gifts for anyone, instead we donate to charities that mean something to them.
- Christmas is for children, and it is certainly the most fun to shop for kids. Since hubby and I do not have kids we adopt a kid for Christmas from the local Boys and Girls Club. It is fun to see if we can fulfill their Christmas list within the program’s budget cap.
- Listening to Christmas Music, taking walk through the lights in your neighborhood costs zero dollars but provides the warm holiday glow.
- Spoil our cats. This is where we fall down on the minimalism train. Our cats are spoiled, super spoiled. They have floor to ceiling posts in almost every room, beds and toys. I guess at its heart minimalism clears the way for what is important. To hubby and I, that is our cats. Also though they have a lot now, all 5 are rescues who were thrown away like trash, by someone else.
- Kept up my healthy habits. You don’t have to spend money to enjoy the holidays but being healthy really helps. I always found time to run and meditate. Returning to a vegetarian diet really helped keep holiday over-indulgence to a minimum. Left some room and calories for the occasional glass of wine too.
I hope you and yours are happy and healthy this Christmas and ready to start 2018. Merry Christmas.