A Minimalist Approach to The Holidays

by | Nov 14, 2017 | Holidays, Minimalism | 2 comments

minimalist approach to the holidaysThe Holidays are almost upon us. Are you looking forward to the ones you celebrate or are you dreading them?

Maybe it’s a little of both. You love Christmas, you just don’t enjoy the hard work leading up to it.

Here’s a wild idea.

What if this year you don’t go all out? What if, instead, you go intentionally low key? Think about it.

Rather than exchanging gifts, you make a donation to charity: water.

Rather than turkey and all the trimmings, you make something plant-based. (Running on Real Food and Nutriciously have lots of recipe inspiration.)

Rather than pumpkin pie, you make these ridiculously fudgey vegan brownies. (If you’re all about gluten-free, try these no bake brownies.)

Rather than just you and yours, you make the day about those less fortunate, too.

Rather than buying into Black Friday, you support Giving Tuesday.

Rather than getting the kids everything on their wish list, you teach them about the gift of giving.

These are just some of the ways you could celebrate the Holidays with a little more intentionality. If they don’t grab you, then come up with some of your own.

minimalist approach to the holidays

If celebrating the Holidays is a blast for you, then by all means, have at it. Although, I would recommend doing a festive declutter challenge to make space for all the new stuff.

But if you’re just going through the motions because you think you have to or because your family expects it, maybe it’s time to rethink your approach.

This year, allow yourself the freedom to celebrate in a way that works for you. If that means spending the day on the sofa with pizza, hot chocolate and three seasons of [insert your fave series here], I say go for it!

Here’s to a minimalist Christmas.

#YOLO, right!?



  1. Susan

    Have to say that if Christmas was on a scale of 0(dislike it) and 10(love it) then I would probably be at -5 or thereabouts! I dislike the load of expectation that surrounds it (for older people especially Christmas can be painful when they remember partners lost etc.) I dislike the pointless spending of money on rubbish gifts churned out especially for the season. I dislike the fact that all this stuff starts to appear in the shops from October onwards. If I never have to sing another Christmas carol it may be too soon! Unrestrained capitalism has rather ruined Christmas for me I’m afraid. I have been able to ditch a lot of this stuff and now husband and I can spend Christmas as we choose which is lovely. We make donations to charities helping people out of trouble and to which we don’t normally donate throughout the year. We have a quiet day with walks, new books and each other’s company. And that suits me fine! I love my family but don’t feel the need to see them at Christmas. I would rather see them when the weather is good and we can have an enjoyable meal together with food we actually enjoy. Here’s to a minimal Christmas with no overdraft to pay off in January! (And no stress…)

    • Ang

      I must say, I quite enjoy the festive atmosphere that this time of year brings with it. But I certainly don’t miss the ‘have to’ family gatherings that always included spending way too much money! I love that you guys also focus on donating and giving back. I know it’s something we should be doing all year round, but it seems even more important around the Holidays when people are feeling lonely or depressed. Cheers to a minimal Christmas! 🙂


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