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Podcast 041 | Holidays

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about creating a meaningful holiday season, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you get into the holiday spirit with all the everyday challenges of life, as well as the constant bombardment of holiday advertising?
  • How do you avoid succumbing to the overconsumption of alcohol amid all the pressures of the holiday season?
  • How do you discuss with your family that you want to replace holiday traditions that no longer add value to your family’s holiday season?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Ryan on mindfully participating in family holiday festivities: “The best way to contribute is to accept support from your loved ones, and to show your appreciation of them.”
  • Joshua on mindfully participating in family holiday festivities: “Be present. Be attentive. Just be.”
  • Ryan on acquiescing to the stress of the holiday season: “Busyness doesn’t always equal productivity. And it certainly doesn’t always equate to adding value.”
  • Joshua on acquiescing to the stress of the holiday season: “Busyness has become a status symbol, but it has become a vacuous endeavor. ‘Busy’ is the foulest four-letter word in the English language.”
  • Ryan on loneliness during the holiday season: “Are you feeling lonely this holiday season? The best way to create a bond with your community is to contribute.”
  • Joshua on loneliness during the holiday season: “‘Lonely’ and ‘alone’ are not synonyms. Sometimes a crowded place can feel the most alone.”
  • Ryan on holiday decorating without clutter: “Whether to have a bunch of decorations or not is the wrong question—the right question is ‘What adds the most meaning to my holiday season?’”
  • Joshua on holiday decorating without clutter: “A simply decorated home is the most elegant home.”
  • Ryan on juggling the festivities of the holiday season: “Party invitations are just that—an invite. You get to decide what to do with your time.”
  • Joshua on juggling the festivities of the holiday season: “Say ‘no’ to almost everything, so you can say ‘yes’ to that which is most important.”
  • Ryan on keeping the magic and fun of the holiday season without Santa: “There’s always room for new traditions. What matters most is that your family knows you love and support them.”
  • Joshua on keeping the magic and fun of the holiday season without Santa: “Honesty is the bedrock of the most healthy traditions.”

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