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Christmas 2020 - Time to embrace a simpler Christmas?

Posted by Eleanor Bruce on

Christmas 2020 - A simpler Christmas? 
 For many people, the chaos of 2020 has taught us the value of the little things. And, in most cases, all we really want for Christmas this year is to spend it with friends and family, to show them just how grateful we are to have them in our lives.  
So, we thought that with things being the way they are at the moment, we are sure we aren’t the only ones who are planning to embrace the idea of a simple Christmas. 
With concerns around the impact of excessive consumption on the planet, not to mention our finances, a lot of people have been looking for alternative ways to celebrate the festive season. We think this year is the perfect time to go all in and really get into the groove of simple celebrations. So, to give you some ideas to help you to embrace new, simpler traditions, we wanted to share some top tips on celebrating in style, without the overindulgence.  
 
Make your own decorations  
This is a great way to get into the Christmas Spirit and spend time with loved ones doing something fun and productive.  
The best part? There are so many options! You could make classic paper chains to string around the room or cut out paper snowflakes for the windows. You could venture out and pick pine cones to paint and decorate, or rescue old jam jars or wine bottles to create beautiful candle holders. It doesn’t just have to be decorations for your own home, you could make your own Christmas cards and send some homemade joy straight to your loved ones.  
 
Make treats a real treat  
We’re all guilty of overindulging at this time of year, so much so that by the end of December most of us never want to see a mince pie or chocolate ever again! 
 So, with simplicity in mind, this year is a time to make treats a genuine treat! Only get a few special bits rather than spending lots on items that are here all year round - this is great for your wallet, waistline and the planet. Even better, if you (or someone in your family) is a star baker in the making, why not make the treats even more special and bake for one another. After all, we all know a shop-bought treat can never compare with the delightful taste of a handmade version made with affection by someone you love.  
 
Use technology to connect 
As much as we hope everyone can spend time with their loved ones in person, we know that sometimes it might not be possible, especially this year. Forget all those boring zoom meetings you’ve had for work! Find the fun and use technology to its fullest to bring laughter and joy to one another virtually.  
Send those playful gifs, get in the TikTok groove singing into your hairbrush, tag your loved one in cute cat/dog/reindeer videos, or set your backgrounds to a snowy retreat, so you can pretend you’re all on holiday somewhere. There are so many ways you can show you care through technology, even when you can’t be there in person. 
 
Support small businesses  
Odds are, you probably know a friend or relative who’s done the brave thing and set up their own business (if that’s you, then kudos - trust us, we know how hard it is!). And if you know someone with a small business, why not do your part to support them. It could be as simple as liking and sharing their content on social media or telling someone you know about their product or services. Or, why not go small for your Christmas shopping this year. Finding unique gifts from creative local folks (such as our sellers), is a great place to start, but it doesn’t have to just be about gifts. 
Why not use your local butcher or greengrocer to get your Christmas dinner suppliers, or your local baker for those special treats on Boxing Day. Trust us when we say that whatever you’re in the market for, there is someone out there who can create just what you need. Not to mention that when you buy from a small business you can feel great for helping a local family who’s just trying to get by.  
 
Christmas might be a little bit different this year, but there are so many ways you can help make the festive season more special than ever before, because let’s face it – this year, we deserve it!

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