When Christmas Hits Like A Brick: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We don’t own a bed.

We are minimalists who rent fully furnished.

Christmas is next week.

Our blended family has 6 children. They are ALL coming for the holiday.

Well, that’s a brick in the gut.

Jase’s girls are 9 and 11. Oh me oh my! My boys are 25, 23, 20, and 15……….been there done that………

Time to raid the shed.


We found the mother load. We are all about a recycled Holiday. Thank you landlord.

The only thing absent is a tree. We live in a fucking forest on the side of a mountain.

Now comes the ethical decision.

To kill or not to kill. To look for a seedling in the name of forest thinning.

I appreciate the shift in perspective as we age. My thoughts are with Jase’s girls and their upbringing. Too young to understand the outrageousness that Christmas has become.

Their holiday is in our hands.

It’s too soon to lay the burden of the illusion of life on these young souls.

In the end we will kill a small tree. We will honor it and thank it for giving two girls another year of innocence, wonder and magic.

Their time of awakening has not yet come.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

The truth is, we are all doing our best with what we’ve been given.

5 thoughts on “When Christmas Hits Like A Brick: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  1. Great post again! I love the principle of reduce, reuse, recycle. Our toddler wants a train set for Christmas. Luckily I’ve saved Thomas the Tank Engine and all of the wooden pieces of track collected over the years in the attic. His oldest brother loved trains and the 4 others have played with them too. It’s great we can reuse them once more!

    I think it’s lovely that you’re honoring the little ones’ expectations for Christmas! Do they sell potted trees where you live? The first time my partner came to my house he was delivering us a live tree for Christmas (long before we became a couple). His family has a tree nursery called Future Forests. If it makes you feel any better, he has at times also cut trees on his own land for the occasion. You can always make up for it by planting more.

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  2. I’m glad to hear that you were able to find some decorations without needing to spend too much.
    Maybe put some lights on a random tree and make that a “Christmas tree?”
    But it’s so very thoughtful of you to try and preserve the magic of Christmas for the little ones. They are lucky to have you.

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