A Simple Approach to Living With Less

How to Have a Minimalist Family Christmas

When I began my journey into minimalism, dealing with Christmas, the gift giving and receiving, and the crazy holiday schedule was really hard for me. Making the decision to declutter wasn’t hard. Once I realized our quest to accumulate was actually stealing our family time from us, I had no problem getting rid of clutter. Old toys, overflowing wardrobes, and kitchen gadgets flew out the door as fast as I could get my hands on them.

When that first Christmas began to get closer and closer, I realized that things were about to get more challenging. It’s not easy to switch game plans from avid consumers to being a minimalist family. Personal convictions are one thing, but this was going to involve a lot more people.

I began to wonder things like:

How do we stop showering our children with toys?
How do I tell someone not to give us gifts?
What will everyone think about us?

If you are wanting to cut back on the spending and the chaos that surrounds Christmas time, then I’m sure you can relate to those thoughts. I have created a guide called A Minimalist Family Christmas to work through these questions and more.

A Minimalist Family Christmas is a 40-page guide designed to help you simplify your holiday season whether you are a minimalist or not. One of the most challenging areas to deal with on a journey to living with less is how to handle Christmas. The goal of a minimalist Christmas is to keep the meaning of the holidays without sacrificing your sanity, your finances, or your priorities.

This guide covers the topics of gift giving, minimalist decorating, simple family traditions, and more. It won’t tell you to just quit spending money and stop giving gifts to people. It will challenge you to rethink things and go into this holiday season with renewed focus.

A Minimalist Family Christmas includes the topics of:

  • The “Why” Behind a Minimalist Christmas
  • Confessions from a Gift Buying Minimalist
  • Christmas Gift Survey
  • Minimalist Christmas Gift Ideas
  • Alternatives to Christmas Cards
  • Escaping Gift Overload
  • Clear the Pre-Christmas Toy Clutter
  • Minimize Your Busy Holiday Calendar
  • Simplifying Holiday Mealtime
  • Christmas Decorating
  • Simplify Your Family Traditions
  • Recovering from Post Holiday Clutter

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A Minimalist Family Christmas is available for $0.99 via PDF by clicking “add to cart” button below:

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If you don’t own a Kindle, you can also purchase the Kindle version of A Minimalist Family Christmas and read it using the Kindle Reader App on your iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, or other device.

If you enjoy this guide, please feel free to leave a review in the comment section. This is my first book I’ve developed for Kindle and I’d greatly appreciate it if you left a review on Amazon too.

This guide is also an experiment of mine to see how this style of writing will be received by my readers. It’s more in-depth than I go into topics here on my blog but not as long as my other book, Family-Sized Minimalism. I hope you find it helpful and I’d really appreciate your feedback to see if you’d like to see more content this way.

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Article originally published on 10/31/2011

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  1. What a great idea, Faith!! This is the perfect book to help families navigate the holiday season and spread joy (instead of clutter).

    I’m a bit overwhelmed with the challenges we’re facing with gift giving and well meaning family. Not only because we don’t need things but we’ll have to ship any gifts back to the UK. Eek. Chris and I are talking about ways to gently steer family to non-gifts.

    • Faith Janes says

      Thanks, Rachel. Yes, well meaning family members are quite the challenge. 🙂 Shipping gifts would be SO expensive! I’ve found that most of my family has been receptive to the idea of fewer gifts if I give them alternate ideas of what to do. Sometimes it just comes down to gift-buying habits that are hard to break.

  2. Over the last couple of years I’ve been gearing up for a much simpler Christmas. It worked well last year and there is even more planned for this year. It really is about managing others expectations of the holiday season when it is something that is best shared with family – you don’t want to alienate anyone or ruin their festive period, but at the same time it has to fit with your standards. I have much up my sleeve to counter act this, no-one will be disappointed but still it will fit with how we now live.
    Many congratulations on the book!

    • Faith Janes says

      Thanks, Jo! Being proactive and planning ahead is key. It sounds like you are all set. I hope you’ll write about some of your ideas on your blog, Jo.

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