Back in July, I wrote a post railing against the Useless Bits of Crap (UBC) that seem to accumulate in my children's bedrooms, despite my best efforts. Back then, I talked about how I was going to suggest that from this year, my extended family limit the UBC phenomenon by instituting a Kris Kringle for the children (we've been doing this among the adults for many years). Guess what? Everyone's agreed - hooray!
So instead of buying presents for my own children and seven nieces and nephews, we only have to buy for two children beside my own. Less gift buying = less stress.Simplification has gone one step further, too. The adult Kris Kringle has been terminated. Instead, we are all going to contribute to making a donation to a charity. We just have to agree which one.
You've no idea how this has simplified things this Christmas. Instead of anxiety and stress over what to buy, there is calm. In fact, we are so calm around here, we are going on our yearly camping trip before Christmas instead of after. By the time Christmas Day rocks around, we will be well and truly relaxed.
Wishing you all a simple Christmas, in whatever guise that might take.