2. Swapping over favourite toys
Moving house this year gave us a great reason to clear out our unused toys, and to store away some favourites to swap over throughout the year. This works really well for us, because, as a natural born minimalist, I detest clutter! and I also equally detest unnecessary house-work! It is incredible how much-loved toys are quickly forgotten, if stored away, and with young children, a quick trip downstairs to the extra toy box to swap over toys for Christmas is an easy and fun way to have 'new' toys come back in to the house at Christmas time, without adding to landfill!
3. Creating a free Christmas library at home
One of the best resources for a minimalist Christmas is the library! Rather than stocking up on Christmas books from the book shop (at up to $30 each!) we have set up a section of a large bookshelf at home, just for library books, and swap the books around with each season. This Christmas, we have borrowed books on Christmas crafts and baking, Christmas fairy tales and traditional stories, and picture books. We set them out on the shelves for display, and make our way through them in the evenings, at bed time, then return them for someone else to enjoy, at the end of the week (when there are usually more Christmas books at the library to choose from!).
4. Check out local churches, carols and masses
As an anthropology student for many years (I almost became an anthropologist, but found social work shortly after...) I love, love, love to immerse our children in as many cultures and traditions as possible, to give them a broad sense of the world, to show them what different people love and believe in, and to deepen their understanding of life in general. For us, Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture, beliefs and traditions of Christmas. Modern Western society has very few traditions that are still alive, and Christmas is almost one of the last big events, where most people do something symbolic or important during this time. For us, it is the perfect time to visit different churches, go along to special events and carols, to attend midnight mass and watch different documentaries on Christmas. A trip to a play about Christmas at a local church is usually free, and is a great way to make the most out of minimalist homeschooling at this time of year.
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