Is anyone else going to a more pared-down minimalist holiday this year?

Shannon - posted on 12/09/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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We declared a moratorium on any toys that require batteries or a power cord. We also limited the haul to 3 "play" presents for each child, with things they need also wrapped alongside. We have three girls, 5, 3 yr twins, and a boy due in April.



I realize it is much easier to do this when they are young. I also realize that my home is much louder than many other moms because the TV is OFF. My children do not have an ipad, phone, tablet, video games or computer of any kind. They watch plenty of tv, but we do not have cable, so no commercials. (They are so stuff-unaware at this point, I am dreading the introduction to more formal education and the rampant whoring consumerism.)



To be clear, I thoroughly enjoy the advantages of living in such luxury and convenience. I am not denigrating technology. What I am asking is, if you had the choice to make with no judgements or expectations, would you prefer a less-frantic time? Instead of the Black Friday Insanity for crap you'll throw out in two months?

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I'm with you. We live a fairly minimalist lifestyle year round, so Christmas is usually our time to "splurge"--if we are going to buy electronics, video games, or battery operated toys, Christmas is when we do it. The rest of the year, we don't really bring those types of things into our home. The past 2 years, we actually haven't bought J any electronics or battery toys, though I did get a Nook e-reader, and J does play with it sometimes.



We don't do cable either. Such a waste of time & money! My son, like your's, does watch TV, but usually only PBS, Nextflix, or DVD's. Even now, at 8 years old, he is still less "stuff aware" than you would think--given that he is in school. The thing is, he gets to see these new toys in person, rather than on the commercial, and they rarely live up to the commercial's promises, so he sees them, then just doesn't want them! Your little ones will probably be the same once they start school.

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Shannon - posted on 12/09/2012

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Oops, forgot to add: We are also making more of an effort for give the fairies EXPERIENCES with what we would have spent on stuff. This pays for gas and membership renewals to the aquarium, zoo, OMSI, and Children's Museum. Today, we go see actual reindeer! Truly so much better (for us) than another DVD.

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