Simplifying holidays & special occasions: share your brilliance
Vacations, celebrations, special occasions — they’re a big part of the fun stuff of family life. Unfortunately, they’re also prime candidates for “more is more” treatment. Over-the-top birthday parties, “graduation” celebrations at the end of every school year, and, sigh, the ho-ho-holiday season.
Celebrations of all kinds have become a source of stress and over-expectation. It’s time to take back the fun! A minimalist approach to special occasions keeps the focus on the “special” so you can dispense with the fuss, expense and exhaustion. We’ve got plenty of ideas in mind, but we’d love to hear yours as well. (It might even appear in Minimalist Parenting, credited to you, of course.) Feel free to answer any or all of the following questions:
- What are family’s favorite birthday traditions?
- Do you have any strategies for keeping holidays such as Halloween and Christmas celebratory yet relaxed?
- What do you consider to be the secrets of a happy vacation?