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A Minimalist Family Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Faith Janes
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Minimalist Family Christmas is a 40-page guide designed to help you simplify your holiday season whether you are a minimalist or not. One of the most challenging areas to deal with on a journey to living with less is how to handle Christmas. The goal of a minimalist Christmas is to keep the meaning of the holidays without sacrificing your sanity, your finances, or your priorities.

This guide covers the topics of gift giving, minimalist decorating, simple family traditions, and more. It won’t tell you to just quit spending money and stop giving gifts to people. It will challenge you to rethink things and go into this holiday season with renewed focus.

A Minimalist Family Christmas includes the topics of:

- The “Why” Behind a Minimalist Christmas
- Confessions from a Gift Buying Minimalist
- Christmas Gift Survey
- Minimalist Christmas Gift Ideas
- Alternatives to Christmas Cards
- Escaping Gift Overload
- Clear the Pre-Christmas Toy Clutter
- Minimize Your Busy Holiday Calendar
- Simplifying Holiday Mealtime
- Christmas Decorating
- Simplify Your Family Traditions
- Recovering from Post Holiday Clutter

For more resources and articles on simple living and minimalism for families, visit the author's website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061FON60
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,213 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making Christmas Simpler and Less Stressful November 20, 2011
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A Minimalist Family Christmas by Faith Janes is an excellent guide for those of us who are easily overwhelmed by the holidays and who want to make the holidays more simple, have more meaning and relieve ourselves of excessive work, spending too much money and the resulting guilt from having a Christmas that is excessive.

One of the best suggestions in the book is the use of a four-letter word: Nope. "Nope, we can't attend the party this year." "Nope, we aren't free for dinner that night." Instead, Janes suggests some homemade family fun such as having a family slumber party around the Christmas tree one night or taking a day when everyone can stay in their pajamas. The idea is to enjoy the holidays and celebrate the meaning rather than unwrap a dozen gifts that will break, or that we don't want in the first place, then become overwhelmed because we don't know what to do with them and they become more clutter.

A small number of decorations makes for a prettier house than one that is covered in glitz. Going for quality rather than quantity is better, too. The idea is to have what we need and really love, not a house full of things we don't know what to do with.

I found this to be a book full of excellent suggestions for holiday meals, gifts, cards, decorating and more in a minimal way that doesn't cause a nervous breakdown. I recommend this to anyone who is stressed at the holidays.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Free ideas for making Christmas easy December 8, 2011
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This book basically offered ideas of things people already do. I was a bit confused when she's talking about decorating and using things from nature (pine cones, berries etc.)to be 'green' and then talks about cooking the Christmas day meal in aluminum pans with lids and then throwing them away. What? Does she have any idea what they will do to our environment? Doesn't sound minimalist to me.

I have some suggestions for making Christmas less hectic. These are things I have done this year and I plan on enjoying the season with my friends and family:

Start shopping early, a little at a time - easier on the wallet. When you have an idea for somebody get it so you don't forget. And shop from the comfort of your own home in your pj's by shopping Amazon. Great prices and they have just about anything you want. No crowds, no pepper spray, so trampling.

Wrap the gift as they come in so you don't have piles to wrap Christmas Eve.

Decorate a little at a time. I started at Thanksgiving putting out a few things and am continuing until next weekend when we will get the tree and be done.

Baking also can be done a little at a time. A few different kinds each Saturday/Sunday up to Christmas and you'll end up with quite a few.

There, I've written my book on making Christmas easier. This year I plan on sitting and relaxing with my husband with a glass of wine enjoying the glow from the lights of the Christmas tree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars more of a brochure... December 10, 2011
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As another reviewer mentioned, this is more of a pamphlet of common-sense advice. Not really minimalist advice, just basic info on cutting down the clutter and tension of the holidays. Pretty much the same advice you'd find in the holiday issues of Real Simple or Good Housekeeping.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Reminders December 5, 2011
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I suppose it took an economy like this to make me really appreciate this book--but I love how it's helped change my perspective. As I get older, I really appreciate the call to simplicity, which I need. My favorite chapter in this book was the chapter on "NOPE," which gives you permission to and the confidence to say "no" (a lost art, for sure!). This little book has become one of two books that have helped shape my perspective this Christmas. (The other is a devotional: 30 Scripture Readings for Christmas (Year Long Bible Reading Series). Between the two books, I've got my heart and mind in a great place this season.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for Families January 16, 2014
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This is a great guide for those of us with families on our journey to become minimalists. This is just what I needed to survive the holidays!
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5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful tips if you dread the holidays November 29, 2013
By Deborah
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I hate the holidays. Too much money spent, obligations, stuck with people I don't particularly like in my family, and too much clutter of things no one needs or wants. All because "we have to". This books shares some simple yet practical advice on how to make the holidays more manageable for us people who can't wait til Jan 1st from the day after Halloween! It doesn't have to be this way anymore!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible March 11, 2013
By Carroll
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Do not recommend. Do all of the suggestions. Is a 1 in my rating. Others might like but I did not.
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More About the Author

Faith Janes is a wife and mother of three living in a combined household of 10 with her parents, siblings, grandmother and various pets. They all live in a log home on 30 acres near Atlanta, GA.

It was the frustration of being overwhelmed with two houses worth of clutter that initially led her family on a path to minimalism. Everyone's version of minimalism will look different. What's radical change for you may not be radical for someone else, but the foundational truth of prioritizing what's important remain the same.

Faith's blog ( is full of practical advice for simply family living. She writes about pursuing "Less Mess, More Life" through minimalism.

Whether you need help dealing with physical clutter, mental clutter, or simply a cluttered schedule, Faith will show you how to simplify them all.


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