Regardless of your faith – or lack of, Christmas affects a large portion of the world if simply due to the fact that trading, schedules and revellers operate differently during this season. Over-extended and subject to the unexpected, we find ourselves repeatedly saying No to temptation, and thinking Yes to temptations that nobody’s offering. In short, life changes for a while whether you are putting up a tree or not.
Additionally, the potential for clutter rises dramatically. To avoid clutter gifts:
- Ask for what you want.
- Ask for vouchers.
- Ask for an experience – movies, sailing, etc.
- Ask for nothing? (This is touchingly unpopular with friends and family, & inadvisable. Instead, ask for a specific favour they would love to do for you later.)
- Arrange for your circle to give only one gift each through Secret Santa, Kris Kringle, or other gift-giving games.
Make an agreement together that any unwanted gifts will be part of the fun, and that you are all free to deal with them as you see fit when the Christmas Day game is over.
set boundaries now about what you might say Yes or No to.
If that fails, remember your Pamper Kit...