In those old-timey holiday movies, folks would gather 'round the fire and exchange homemade sweaters, simple toys, or even a bag of oranges. Each recipient would get one gift, and everyone was merry.
Needless to say, real life in the 21st century is a little more complicated. The hunt for the perfect gift can be exhausting (why do none of these stores have the perfume on her list?!), and expensive (curses, ridiculous shipping costs!). Throw in our natural inclination toward excess (he can’t just open one thing!), and it’s easy to see why some people would opt to pass on presents altogether. And as you load up your cart, you might even dream about being one of them. Skipping the paper, packages, and bows would make things so simple! But what would you do to make the holiday feel, well, special?
Turns out, there are plenty of cool, creative alternatives. Here are five family-tested traditions to try instead.
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