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 ✨

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24 comments on “A Minimalist Christmas … With Three Christmas Trees?”

  1. We have one, small tree with our favorite ornaments including a couple that my daughter made and have survived all these years. The popsicle stick and glue and glitter ornaments from elementary school are the BEST, aren’t they?! We also have a couple of Star Trek ornaments and a Doctor Who ornament. It’s a mishmash of a tree, and it won’t win any design awards, but it’s a HAPPY tree!

  2. I think 3 trees sounds perfect. You are right a bit of sparkle can really lift the mood and make you feel the Christmas spirit. We have a big one in the lounge, both my girls have small ones in their rooms and we have a branches style tree in the dining room too! Mich x

  3. I think that sounds fantastic. We have a tree but it’s on its last legs really. We have a bit of sparkle, because it makes things feel more festive and warm at home, but as you say it’s much better to spend time on the things and people you love at this time. Wishing you and your family a wonderful (minimalist) Christmas! 🙂
    Caz xx

  4. I’m just beginning to explore the minimalist mindset. Reading blogs, Facebook pages, etc. But I have to say that all the comments and pictures that I saw with minimal Christmas decorations made me a little sad. I love the decorations and the sparkling lights and love the little bit of overabundance of this season. (I also enjoy cleaning everything out in January!)

    I’m so happy to see that someone who enjoys minimalism also enjoys the prettiness of the decorations and twinkling lights. I was starting to think that maybe this concept isn’t for me.

    Thank you for this post.

  5. Your trees look lovely. We have a small artificial one which is pre-lit this year, as its all our puppy will allow. However, I haven’t been able to resisit looking at some of the Paperchase ones that are reduced. I love the smell of real tress, but I’m not mad keen on all the needles dropping, however I might take the plunge one year. Happy Christmas.

  6. Everyone needs a bit of Christmas sparkle – it makes days like these more special. It doesn’t mean in my view that it can’t be part of your minimalist journey. They will be gone in a week – but now it’s time to celebrate.

  7. What a lovely post. I like the fact that your family had some great quality time doing all of this. I think sometimes we get so busy and stressed with Christmas preparation that we forget the first objectives. Being happy, sharing love and special times with the family.
    I only put a small artificial tree up at mine because I spend Christmas back home in France, so it’s not really worth having a big tree just for 2 weeks.

  8. It’s a balance. Clutter versus the spirit of home and Christmas. I think you’ve got it right. We have two trees. One in the sitting room and one in the kitchen. Last year my husband picked up a real tree on Christmas Eve and the fragrance was wonderful. I used the needles for pot pourri and fire lighters in the New year, so nothing wasted.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  9. You having three Christmas trees made me smile. We have bought a real, teeny Christmas tree for our girls bedroom. We have a real tree in our living room (that’s a very odd shape!) that our goats will eat after Christmas.
    I spoke to the children a couple of months before Christmas and told them how we’re doing it different this year. No more plastic junk that won’t last. Honestly, seeing far fewer presents under the tree is odd but the presents they have are far better quality.

  10. Yes we try and do this most years and buy as many thoughtful gifts as we can. It is so easy to get sucked into the commercialism of Christmas but really it’s about much more then that. I love all your ideas for a minimal Christmas. It’s sometimes easier said then done, I love having our tree and lights up, makes it feel very cosy xxx

  11. Hi Rachel, if something truly brings joy and happiness then it must be enjoyed. Life is just too short not to.To minimalise something that makes us feel good has to be defeating the object. I love the twinkle of Christmas and have had the same huge tatty tree for years, once it’s decorated you can’t see quite how tatty it is and even though we mention maybe getting a newer smaller one, I can’t. Tatty tree is part of the family now and a small one won’t hold all the decorations I love.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC and I hope 2018 is a happy and healthy year for you.


    • Your tatty tree sounds absolutely wonderful, Debbie. It’s these traditions that make Christmas special, isn’t it? Thank you so much for your kind wishes and I hope that 2018 brings you and your loved ones lots of happiness x

  12. I did my recycled live tree and a little ceramic tree but I can’t say I was minimalist – plenty of other Christmasy decor! You made me smile this morning and I do thank you for that. Sounds like a lovely Christmas to me. #MMBC

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