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Minimalist Holiday: Planning a Simple Holiday Season

December 15, 2020

The holidays can bring on additional stress and pressure: finding the perfect gift, baking the perfect cookies, decorating the perfect mantle. But a lot of this is pressure and stress we’re creating ourselves.

This is where a minimalist approach to the holidays can help.

At its core, minimalism is focusing on what you value most and removing the distractions that get in the way. This can be for anything from gifts to holiday activities.


Holiday schedules can get busy fast between gift shopping, get-togethers (in-person or virtual) and end-of-year activities. Start with a blank calendar and mark the events that are most important for you to attend. Think about how much time you want to donate to each event. Then decide if you want to make room for others. If not, that’s ok! You will have the time and energy to focus on the important events instead of stressing about the ones you’re not as interested in.

Make new traditions

Take some time to identify those things that you value. It can be something you do alone – like addressing holiday cards, or something you do with your family, like decorating the house. What are the things you enjoy most about these traditions? Find ways to focus your time on the activities that bring you and your family the greatest joy.


Think quality over quantity. Don’t buy gifts just for the sake of buying something. Really think about the person and what they enjoy. Maybe a homemade gift or an experience is a better fit. When it comes to gifts for the children in your life, have an honest conversation with them about the changes you’re trying to make and invite them to be a part of it.

Focus your time and energy

Above all, try to focus on what the holidays mean to you. Be confident in the choice your making and be present during the traditions and activities you’ve committed to. You may find a deeper satisfaction in investing more of yourself in a few things, rather than spreading yourself thin over many things.

This information is presented for educational purposes only. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be, legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues involved with credit decisions.

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