Happy Christmas Eve!

I’m so excited to be heading home tonight to enjoy Christmas with my family, and have two whole days completely free from work. We’re staying at my parents’ tonight and Christmas night and I’m super excited for my mum’s Christmas dinner, watching rubbish Christmas TV, and spending time with all of my family. 

This year both James’ family and mine have decided to do secret Santa. In previous years we have bought presents for everyone, but it has always felt like a long drawn out process that creates a lot of stress building up to the big day, not to mention it is a definite drain on the ol’ bank balance. 

There are a number of reasons that we decided to take part in secret Santa this year, the most significant for me being that I wanted to buy more meaningful gifts. 

Since changing my mindset over the last twelve months to be more purposeful with my purchases, live life in a more minimalistic fashion and ensure that each of my positions either have a use or are meaningful, I have wanted to apply this to all aspects of my live, including gift giving. I think that traditions, expectation and the media have all persuaded us that we need to buy copious amounts of presents for everyone in our lives. 

However, we are lucky enough to live in a world where everything is so readily available to everyone, to the point that no one is actually in need of anything. It is becoming harder and harder to buy gifts for people because everyone has nearly everything that they could possibly want. In this sense, Christmas presents almost become a waste of money, as gifts are swapped for gifts, potentially through obligation rather than because you have something that is truly meaningful to give to somebody else. 

I don’t mean to sound like a scrooge, and this isn’t to say that some people do give meaningful and purposeful gifts for Christmas. The point I’m trying to make is that I wanted to buy gifts with intention this year. Secret Santa is a system that allows this, as you only need to buy one gift for one person, which allows you to focus your time, money and energy, rather than spread it thinly across lots of people. 

James and I are just doing stockings for each other this year as we are saving money for our trip to America next year. However, I have still applied this meaningful mindset to James’ stocking fillers, ensuring that each gift has a purpose or a function. Although I understand that for some this may not appear the most festive of mindsets.

Whatever your plans for Christmas, I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy spending time with loved ones. Be sure to take some time to relax and try to live in the present as much as possible to savour the day. 

What are your thoughts about partaking in a family secret Santa?

Also, Vlogmas Part Four has also gone live on my channel so be sure to head over and have a watch of that if you have a few minutes! 


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