How to get started? Well, that is a tough question. So far, I have been reading suggestions from some of my favorite blogs. I have found the comments people are making about posts, are also a good source of ideas. After thinking about my plan for a couple of days, I realized I need to be careful that my Minimalist Christmas Plan doesn't seem like something Scrooge would write. These are the ideas I have come up with: (Suggestions are welcome!)
Ideas that should be easy to adopt for a Minimalist Christmas:
1. Do not buy any Christmas decorations. (We have enough.)
2. Do not buy any Christmas wrapping paper or gift bags. (If I run out...I will make my own from recycled materials.)
3. Try to purchase gifts that do not have excessive packaging.
4. Try to give some gifts that are consumable and will not add clutter to the gift recipient's house. (For example, I may have a Chicago Deep Dish Pizza delivered as a gift. There are restaurants that will overnight the pizza, uncooked and frozen. It can be kept in the freezer until the person is tired of eating turkey leftovers. lol)
5. Downsize the number of gifts we give to one person.
6. Make some of the gifts I give. (I think I may ask ,before I do this, to see if the person is interested.)
I will post an update later to let you know how this plan is working out. So far, I have decided to give my son's teachers maple syrup from Canada. We have family visiting and I have asked them to do a little shopping for me before they come. The gift is consumable and recyclable. I hope they like maple syrup! The Chicago Pizza, I mentioned above, is for my husband. SHHHHH! Don't tell!