Christmas and minimalism.  Do they go together?  How do we accomplish a minimalist Christmas?  To me, minimalism means skipping the stressful scenes of shopping, finding parking in overcrowded shopping malls, and all that.  Paying less attention to stuff allows for more time to enjoy the season!  Because I’m less burdened with tasks to accomplish, I’m much more observant of life around me and the way the season quickens the pulse.

My family asks what I want for Christmas, and the question itself fatigues me.  My comfortable way to live as an RVer is, I don’t think about the materialistic world until there’s a need to fill.  Then, I take care of it without exerting much mental or physical energy.  Stuff has just become a nonissue in my life unless a need arises.

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t judge those who express the season through materialism.  After all, I’m the beneficiary of the way neighborhoods dress up for the season!  I love the fact that those who are more connected to the materialistic world express the Light by decorating the outside of their stationery homes with beautiful displays reminding us how Light transforms the dark.  I love how the Holiday Season changes the world around me!

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world and, behold, everything is more beautiful.”

Norman Vincent Peale

We all know the Holiday Season now starts well before Thanksgiving.  And we also know that this is because business wants to capitalize on this time of year by making money.  That sounds bad, right?  But, when I think about it another way, I’m even grateful they start reminding us earlier and earlier that there’s Light in the world and in our hearts.  

I see people saying Merry Christmas at times when they would have just walked by each other in other seasons.  I see more kindness everywhere I look.  That includes what’s on Television.  Recently, CBS Sunday Morning shared a story of two four-year-olds who claim they are twins.  What makes this an interesting story is this fact: they are not the same color.  You won’t believe what the punch line of the story is though.  Watch it here.

Yes, it’s the season that the Light is more luminous in people’s hearts and all of what we see and hear is the grand expression of what the season brings out in human beings.

“You are radiant with light.”  Psalm 76:4

What is this Light I keep talking about?  Obviously Light, just in terms of the natural world, is the reason there’s life at all.  All plants grow towards that Light.  All of life is warmed by our nearby star, the Sun.  It’s the same in spiritual life.  Something in us as humans seeks the Light.  Yes, we have darkness in us as well.  But, it’s that Light that exists in our souls that keeps us struggling against that darkness.  And at Christmas, the world shines a little bit brighter.

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Carl Jung

The Light we humans have to share is Love.  I think it’s a much easier word to deal with than “God although the meanings are interchangeable.” Other words come to mind as well, like “peace,” “joy,” “devotion,” “compassion,” “forgiveness” and even “blessing.”  All these traits are part of the Light, as well as a sense of joy and “Light”- heartedness.

Spiritual Light connects us inwardly and outwardly with our loving nature. It’s what you see right now in the eyes of loved ones and strangers alike because of the Holiday Season.  It’s what gives us faith to continue to participate in this imperfect world. 

“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly,”

This quote brings to mind my post about playfulness.  In a partnership and as a gift to the world – lightheartedness is a blessing to share.  A Light heart is wise. The world is challenging, but the lighthearted are resilient.  Read more here.

Christmas and minimalism is not an easy topic to take on. The season is rich and complex.  But, we can make choices that remind us to stay focused on the very best aspects of this time of year.  So, I celebrate the Holiday Season in all its chaotic joy.  And, because I am a minimalist, I’m grateful to have more mental space to notice beauty and the possibility to bring healing and peace to our world with our Light, simply because I’m less busy with the ways of the world.