This is Week 5 of the Simplify the Season series.
We’ve talked about celebrating Jesus this Christmas, and make memories with our families, both as ways to simplify this season and move away from gift giving as the main way that we celebrate, and main source of our stress, during Christmas.
Besides just reducing the amount of stress that we feel about gift giving, what if there were actually benefits to giving fewer gifts for Christmas this year? Here are a few benefits of giving fewer gifts that I’ve found over the past few years.
Benefits of Giving Fewer Gifts
• Fewer gifts to wrap — I don’t know about you, but I always seem to save gift wrapping for the last minute. And it can take a long time to wrap a lot of presents! The fewer presents you give the less time you have to spend wrapping, and then have time to do other fun things, like making cookies!
• Less to organize — All of those gifts that we give and receive have to actually go somewhere in our homes after the holiday festivities die down, right? For our family, we live in a smaller home, so the fewer things that we bring into our home and need to find a space for, the better.
• Less time spent shopping — Whether you brave the mall, or do all your shopping online, giving fewer gifts means less time trying to find so many perfect gifts for everyone on your list. I know I’m perfectly happy spending as little time as possible at the store this time of year!
• Focus on giving more intentional gifts — When you give fewer gifts you can make sure the the gifts you do give are more intentional. Since we give our children three gifts based on the Gifts of the Magi, we are intentional about giving them a gift that they really want, a gift for their spiritual growth, and a gift for their body.
• Less money to spend — One of the obvious benefits of giving fewer gifts is spending less money. If finances are stressful for you this time of year, scaling back on the number of gifts you give will help your financial peace of mind.
• Learning to enjoy more with less — I think one thing that holds some people back from giving fewer gifts is that they are afraid their family or friends won’t be as happy with less. But, the amazing thing is, you learn that you, and your kids, really can enjoy both giving and receiving fewer, more meaningful gifts because our true happiness is not wrapped up in a box with a pretty bow.
What are some of the benefits you’ve found of giving fewer gifts?
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