A New Holiday Tradition

As a minimalist, the idea of some dude dropping off packages in my home is unsettling.  And the thought that “he knows when you’ve been sleeping, etc..” sounds stalkerish to me.  But you’ll hear no “bah humbug” coming out of my mouth because I love Christmas!

But I love the day after Christmas, too.  No, silly. It’s not because I’m going shopping.  The people who keep track of consumer spending tell us that the average person spent about $851 this year on gifts and other holiday expenditures.  That’s down from last year by around a hundred bucks. And soon, there will be a lot of tidings from the credit card companies forthcoming for many people.

May I suggest you add a new tradition to your holiday season?  Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Boxing Day.  And no, you don’t need gloves for this or fear getting your teeth knocked out.

Boxing Day got its origins sometime in the dark ages, where it was a tradition for the wealthy to bestow “boxes” of goodies to their servants and other worker bees. Sometimes, leftover food was included in the box. (Nom, nom, a leftover leg of venison with a cup of grog to wash it down.)

And of course, now, Boxing Day is the cue to go to the big box stores and buy stuff that you don’t need. And given some of the behavior of crazed bargain shoppers, a fight very well could break out.

I propose an alternative this year to flocking to those 50% off sales. (Besides, you still have a pallet of wrapping paper from when Woolworth went out of business. Trust me, like Santa, I know things.)

How’s this for a tradition: Box up your good usable overflow and bring it to your favorite thrift store while you are still enjoying the afterglow of Christmas. (I especially love to support the local thrift stores where the money stays in the Prescott area.)

If you got some new stemware under the tree-part with the old. New clothes, try the “one in, one out” method of decluttering. That’s where if you get a new article of clothing, you part with an old one. Be brave. Purge the sock drawer if your partner got you a 12 pack of new socks.

Stay home. Save money. Consider those less fortunate and box away. You are well on your way to a less cluttery life.

Finally, dear readers, I know for some of you, this is your first holiday season without a particular loved one.  Or you are spending it alone because of the pandemic.

I pause from my declutter pep talk to honor you and to say, “I see you.”  My wish for you is comfort and peace.

My prayer is also that as you reflect on the hard lessons 2020 has brought, that you can anticipate the new year with hope and clarity on what matters most to you.

Big uncluttered hugs to you!  And I will see you next year.


Theresa Winn Lode is an author, speaker, and junk thrower outer.  She believes that for most people, their best lives are buried underneath clutter. She is presently accepting business clients for organizing. Find her at www.theresalode.com.

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