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Our Minimalist Christmas Plan

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We are very excited about another minimalist Christmas this year for our family.  Really it isn’t minimalist in the ‘smaller’ or ‘less’ definition because we are going to celebrate as a family for 7 days instead of one.

Last year we did the days between Christmas and New Years, but this year we wanted to do the days leading up to Christmas and have our 7th day be December 25th.

What’s going on for 7 days?

These are ‘Christmas Party Days’ for lack of a better title.  Each day the kids will get a special present, a special treat, and we will do something extra specially fun as a family.  The goal is to put less focus on material things and more focus on memories and family.

Our gifts are purchased and wrapped. (cost about $40 total).  Because my kids don’t read my blog I can tell you we got the kids each a book, a puzzle, some fun science experiments, and a few other things they asked for.  Nothing big, and most things will be used up or replace something else they have in the house.

What changed up our plans a bit with our activities was that we just got traveling work out of state with only a few days notice and we will be up here in Minnesota for the first 3 days of our Christmas.  I have been looking around and finding some fun ideas to do as a family and I am excited to explore a new place so we don’t end up doing the same thing as last year.

So, to recap.  We will be doing Christmas starting next Wednesday for a week ending on Christmas day.  I will post on December 25th (probably in the afternoon) about our Christmas experience.

Do you have special memory making plans for Christmas this year?  What about plans to spoil the kids without spending lots of money or creating lots more clutter?  I would love to hear about them.

If you are a blogger and you have posted (or will post) about your plan you can link up your post here.

I would also love to hear what you are doing in the comments 🙂


  1. A book, a puzzle – such great gifts that won’t break or need batteries. Welcome to Minnesota! If you are in the St Cloud area, come visit an alpaca farm!

    • Teresa… I have no idea where I am 🙂 Minnesota is so pretty. I managed to get a cold so I have spent the week in bed in the hotel, but I am hoping to figure out what else we can see when we get back after Christmas.

  2. Still formulating/debating plans 🙂 For Christmas, I’d like to pick out some Compassion projects to support with money we’ve made selling clutter, perhaps decorate a gingerbread house, and get outside to a deserted park if the weather’s not too cold (working around extended family gatherings)

    • That sounds awesome!

  3. My son has said he ONLY wants two presents this year, he has stressed the only bit. The main thing he wants is a telescope, but that works well as I would love to learn about the stars with him

    • my daughter really wants a telescope too but the ones she sees are cheap ones and I am afraid that it would not well or break. I probably need to do some research on it 🙂

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