For the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking about a more minimalist Christmas. I’ve consciously cut back on buying those gifts which will just clutter the home in favour of thinking a little deeper about gifts/experiences that will be truly enjoyed (fingers crossed). We’ve avoided crazy Christmas shopping in favour of buying select items online and sneaking off for wonderful winter walks instead (including watching the sunrise over the Lakes). And we’ve cut back on the number of Christmas cards we’ve sent, donating a little extra to charity instead. So…how, in the last 48 hours, did we end up with three Christmas trees?
All I can say is that it wasn’t planned and that Christmas just sometimes creeps up on you, don’t you think? Originally, my intention was to have a real miniature Christmas tree that we could nurture and decorate each year. I imagined that over the years, when it got super large, we could have it as an outdoor tree festooned with lights. In the end I bought two, falling in love with the real Christmas scent of pine trees indoors. We got some cute decorations and lights, and I thought we were done.
Then a couple of days ago, we went to brighten up the rest of our home with the decorations we’ve accumulated over the years. Those treasured hand-made cards with wobbly writing and kisses from little hands; the painted snowmen, and the reindeers with shiny bottle-top eyes. I knew then that we needed to rescue the tree from the attic and just add some more Christmas magic. A short time later we had the most beautiful decorated tree…a zig zag of multi-coloured lights, and tinsel, and stars, and mis-matched baubles. Children’s creativity let loose, chocolates being eaten and giggling as the cat wrestled a small stuffed Santa. Sure, we can’t open the front door now (it was the best place for the tree in our little home) and we run the risk of the cat climbing said tree in the early hours, but that’s okay, we love it all the same.
So…a minimalist Christmas? Maybe this is it? Over the last six months we’ve sorted, decluttered, simplified and organised. We’ve streamlined our time, cut back on things we don’t enjoy, and shopped less. But we’re also trying to increase the time we spend on the people and the things that we love … and right now Christmas sparkle is just what we need. I’d love to hear if you’re having a tree this year, and whether decorating your home is important to you in the holidays? Please comment below if you can, I love reading them. However, and wherever, you’re celebrating Christmas this year, I hope it brings you joy and contentment ✨