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Giving Thanks for Less

November 18, 2014 , , ,

chiles from the garden

chiles from the garden

Tucson winter

Tucson winter

 

I am pleased that our household is free to interpret holidays in our own way, which might include not at all. When I was younger I had many family gatherings at my house with heavy responsibility and expense. I am thankful that I am free of that kind obligation now. Good or bad, the traditions that my parents embraced are not my own. Bob and I live in a city with wonderful dining and entertainment options. We like the idea of supporting those local business owners who provide happy hours, dinners, and delicious lunches. We normally buy some gift cards this time of year when the restaurants offer discounts. It is a fun way for us to make plans to do something special together and save a few bucks at the same time. This year the restaurant we chose is excluding the use of the gift card on holidays and special occasions. At first I was miffed because we had planned to go on Thanksgiving. Upon consideration we realized we don’t even like to celebrate on the real day because it is always crowded with all the servers stressed. We will just go the night before or the day after the real holiday for our party and have the restaurant to ourselves.

This philosophy is catching on quickly here.  Rather than bring out lots of decorations for the house I am doing a full deep cleaning and clearing of our home.  We have very little space now because we have crammed things into every corner and cabinet.  We love art, but can’t find a place to display what we already own.  It makes no sense for us  to acquire more. The most impressive and useful gift I can think of for our home is a serious removal of clutter and junk from top to bottom.  We need a big haul to the Goodwill much more than any shopping trip for new items.  We are not cutting corners on anything we like, want, or need.  We just don’t want or need a busy expensive winter season.  I am ready for the holidays because I don’t build any false obligations or social pressure.

Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus

Here at our house we celebrate by:

  • sharing happy hour at home with friends
  • making our own holiday hootch to toast the season
  • avoiding driving
  • filling our home with music and scent
  • gifting small homemade items to a few people

I am thankful for my stress free life.  Less is the best for me.  Is there anything you could easily eliminate to make this time of year less stressful?

Tucson sunset

Tucson sunset

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We do not celebrate thanksgiving but I have the same philosophy on Christmas, which otherwise is so full of everything. Have a great Thanksgiving and have it your way 🙂

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Brigitte Kobi

November 18, 2014

We once had Thanksgiving in Bad Ragaz..it was fabulous because we were the only ones who knew it was Thanksgiving.. We just had a great meal.

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Pamela Morse

November 18, 2014

I love your post. It means a lot. I think Thanksgiving definitely needs a new spin (along with Xmas.. the holiday of Xcess) . I love your idea to celebrate T-day on another day than the one specified.. I am not having turkey unless I can do it the way I want (meaning a small portion from my fave mkt and side dishes brought in). (meaning I don’t have to cook)

YOU make hooch? Please inquiring minds do want details!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 19, 2014

the hootch is just vanilla/grapefruit/calamondin infused vodka in a big ceramic crock. You can use the fruit pieces as garnish, and make all kinds of cocktails..it just sits there for a month or so getting stronger..you can use it any time after the first 2 weeks..

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Pamela Morse

November 20, 2014

my family are all for this kind of way of doing things. Small gifts that don’t break the bank, meals that are good but not excessive and above all, the knowledge that a holiday should be relaxing

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London-Unattached.com

November 20, 2014

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