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A Minimalist Family Christmas by [Janes, Faith]
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  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 30, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061FON60
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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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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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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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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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The writing seems a little disjointed to me. I realize this isn't a novel and need not be gripping and exciting but the voice seemed a bit cold. A lot of the ideas were good, it just wasn't a terribly pleasant or warm read.
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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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This guide from Faith Janes is a refreshing glimpse into how to make your Christmas full of more meaning and less clutter. It's packed full of ideas for reducing the mess and stress that typically saturates the holiday season, while offering creative advice for giving gifts, creating traditions and enjoying a season that is supposed to be full of peace. There are both traditional and non-traditional ideas for the holidays in this guide.

I found this guide to be helpful and practical, with easy to implement ideas that will make anyone's holiday season more meaningful and less stressful.
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