First, I do not have a personal agenda in discussing a minimalist Christmas. I do not want to criticize in any way those who love a maximalist Christmas experience. If you like covering your house in lights, putting up an ornate tree, baking hundreds of Christmas cookies and desserts, cooking up big meals and giving away many presents, more power to you. I celebrate your pleasure and delight.
And I have no bone to pick with those who loath Christmas whether for sound and analytical or warped and twisted reasons. If you are Jewish, at least this year the first day of Hanukkah is on Christmas Day so both Christian and Jew will be able to celebrate on December 25th. If you find a personal avatar in Dickens depiction of Scrooge, I’ll keep my judgment to myself. This, after all, is the Unitarian Universalist way, honoring, even celebrating, our differences and learning from each other.
This is really for the people who are attracted to celebrating Christmas but get overwhelmed by the holiday and its many demands. Maybe you’re not as flush with cash this year so you can’t splurge the way you’d like. Or maybe you just don’t have the interest or energy for all the activity of making your house as fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table. (Those are the words from one of my favorite advent hymns we’ll sing in two weeks, People, Look East) Or maybe you’ve lost a loved one this year and you just aren’t feeling the inspiration of the season. This post is for the people who want to simplify their Christmas experience this year, to strip it down to the bare essentials.
If you Google “minimalist Christmas,” you’ll get a lot of advice about how to do it. What those articles and blog posts mostly miss is the theory of just what the minimalist movement was trying to achieve. Let me give you a little minimalism background and then return to the idea of a minimalist Christmas.
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