I love Christmas. I love spending quality time with my family. I love feeling full before I have even started the main meal. I get a holiday away from home and I get to relax.
I do not love christmas presents.
One side of my family is very big. They organise a Secret Santa to reduce the abundance of presents. Originally you would buy a present each for three randomly allocated family members. Then when the next generation came along it became quite chaotic. Now we buy a present for just one family member and gifts for the children are optional.
I always racked my brain for things to ask for. Some earrings, a handbag, nail polish, a stick blender etc. You let everyone know what you want. One year I got two stick blenders from two different people. One I used often and the other I kept boxed up. I thought I would use it when the other one stopped working. Years later, I finally sold the second stick blender. It moved house with me twice. It was still in the box.
When I became interested in minimalism something clicked in my head. I didn’t actually want these presents. At first I started to ask for gift vouchers instead. In the last two years I have asked for a goat and a chicken.
I no longer want stuff.
You might agree with me or you might think I am strange. “But Jane, gift giving is my love language. What can I get you if you don’t want stuff?”.
Get me an experience (a massage voucher because I need a massage so bad). Get me something consumable (chocolate please!). Donate to charity on my behalf. But really, you don’t have to get me anything at all.
Will I give my family christmas presents? Of course! They will probably be eco-friendly and locally made. Call me a horrible mum but Bub will not be included in this. For this year anyway.
She will be six months old. Thanks to the generosity of family and friends, she already has everything she needs at the moment and in the near future. I think she will love her first Christmas, with or without presents.
Are you looking forward to christmas present shopping?
Thanks for reading!