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Stress-free Christmas

Tips for stress-free Christmas

stress-free Christmas
Tips for stress-free Christmas

Greenpicks – Eco & Upcycling Market does not stand only for a sustainable consumption, but also for a sustainable lifestyle. In our view this includes the minimalistic use of objects and careful use of time. This refers to the composition of the pre-Christmas season and the scrupulous dealing of Christmas presents.

stress-free Christmas: Advent is supposed to be a peaceful time
Advent is supposed to be a peaceful time

In the Advent season Christians prepare for the arrival of Christus. The Advent period was supposed to be a peaceful, cosy and joyful time, regardless of the religious ethos. Especially the winter and the dark season are well suited to shift down a gear, to hold communion with oneself and to pay attention to dear fellows. But the opposite is true: Christmas time is stress.

The hunt for Christmas presents is opened

In the current consumer society, however, the Advent season is preparing for Christmas in such a way that many people go on the hunt for Christmas presents. Furthermore people go on errands such as cheap (and sometimes toxic) Christmas decoration from China, Christmas roast from factory farming, Christmas carp, standardized Christmas cards, Christmas wreath from discounters, candles, Christmas trees from the DIY market and buying groceries on stock. Baking cookies, decorate christmassy the apartment, wrap gifts and send Christmas cards and New Year’s wishes, supplement the pre-Christmas stress. And no later than on 27th December are all glad when it’s all over. And one or the other gift is exchanged or some days later it is already defective.

Free yourself from the festive collective stress

But do we have to take part every year in Christmas consumption binge? Have to? Hardly likely. As responsible citizens, we can decide not to follow the Christmas consumption frenzy and collective stress like every day in our lives. Whoever deliberately consumes over the whole year, can also do at Christmas!

There are many things that cost nothing and yet are ecologically valuable and sustainable. We only need to bother ourselves about it and leave unnoticed the solutions offered to us by advertising. Those who manage to get rid of all the angel like praised needs at Santa Claus and Christmas, can actually enjoy Advent as the quietest time of the year and the Christmas holidays.

The following proposals are less to save money, but in your own interest to bring yourself stress-free Christmas. And to act in terms of sustainability and to think about what could make happy the recipient. Continue reading Stress-free Christmas

Are minimalism and comfort compatible?

Minimalism Comfort Tipps
Are minimalism and cosiness compatible? © streitline

Many people associate cosiness with the beginning of autumn which extends into the winter and is gently detached by spring. Especially in autumn arises the need to customize the own four walls pleasantly, which ends with crowded spaces for some fellows. Here, minimalism and comfort do not exclude in any way.

Combining the minimalist lifestyle with a cosy atmosphere makes life easier, more relieved and more environmentally friendly. It reduces your carbon footprint without having you to quit a grain of comfort. On top of that minimalism saves money and time. And who has time can enjoy: the cosiness in fall, the comfort in winter, the awakening and sprouting nature in spring and the warmth and long days during summer.

Minimalism does not mean to live the lifestyle of a monk or like in the Stone Age, but to handle with as little as possible, but really with as much as you need. The comfort factors count next to some beautiful things and sustainable consumer goods especially sensitive values and the disposal of everyday burden.

How to bring the minimalism trend to your home and how to create a cozy atmosphere, we have composed in our Minimalism Comfort Tipps. Continue reading Are minimalism and comfort compatible?