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Minimalists and Christmas lights: can they coexist?

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I'm watching a show on Netflix about minimalism, and I find myself wondering if this would apply in any way to all of my Christmas decorations, which now take up part of my shed, all of my attic, all of the shelves in my garage, all of my mother's storage shed, and a 10X20 storage rental.  The one message the show seems to push is that people aren't happy with all of their stuff.  But, I'm very happy with all of my Christmas.  There are few things more relaxing than changing out lights on wire frames, or fixing light strings, or taping off blow molds at night while watching black and white mystery movies.  And I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who feels that way on this site.  I know it brings joy to an awful lot of people at Christmas. I know I'm not  a hoarder because if I don't use something, or haven't fixed it within a couple of seasons, I usually trash it.  I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with minimalists...it just got me wondering.  I'm curious how you all view our addiction?

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I to have a basement filled up 50%, a shed pretty full and a 3 car garage,stuffed where I can, yet get 3 cars in it.. I take a week off in Nov,to put our display together and wouldnt hesitate to do so.. I too,dont heard, but i do have a few projects to finish yet. About 13 der to rewire and a 5ft X 50ft roll fence to string with 4000 lights...will be a back drop to the one side of our display.. the pics are one of the projects I have to finish,  and 3 more to make..back to the subject of discussion,NO I am not a minimalist...there's ALOT of electrical power to tap into and the more, the merrier!!

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I believe the saying "go big or go home" applies here.

In a world where people constantly squint at the tiny screens on their "smart" devices, nothing beats the sensory stimulation of the three dimensional depth and detail of a great outdoor Christmas display. Every time you watch it, you discover more subtle details. For impressionable kids it's an image that they'll remember and cherish for the rest of their lives.  

Just think about this, would you rather experience watching your favorite movie on a really small screen with crappy sound, or in a good movie theater with a big screen and surround sound?

 

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In my opinion, I think there's a difference between someone who collects many different kinds of items (hoarder) and someone who is a collector of a specific genre.   It makes you a Christmas decorator/collector.  

I certainly wouldn't let the fools at Netflix sway how you feel about Christmas decorating. 

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I think what I heard the most from the netflix group was, "I made all of this money and bought all of this stuff and I still wasn't happy."  The difference is, I'm very happy with all of my Christmas stuff and I can't wait to put it out.  It never disappoints or lets me down!

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On 9/3/2018 at 12:18 PM, slankard said:

I'm watching a show on Netflix about minimalism, and I find myself wondering if this would apply in any way to all of my Christmas decorations, which now take up part of my shed, all of my attic, all of the shelves in my garage, all of my mother's storage shed, and a 10X20 storage rental.

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On 9/3/2018 at 12:18 PM, slankard said:

The one message the show seems to push is that people aren't happy with all of their stuff.  But, I'm very happy with all of my Christmas.  There are few things more relaxing than changing out lights on wire frames, or fixing light strings, or taping off blow molds at night while watching black and white mystery movies.  And I'm willing to bet I'm not the only one who feels that way on this site.  I know it brings joy to an awful lot of people at Christmas. I know I'm not  a hoarder because if I don't use something, or haven't fixed it within a couple of seasons, I usually trash it.  I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with minimalists...it just got me wondering.  I'm curious how you all view our addiction?

A hoarder doesn't just keep things that they like or that are important to them.  They keep everything including garbage.  If you don't have half eaten cheeseburgers and empty big gulp cups mixed in with all your Christmas stuff then you are FINE.

On 9/10/2018 at 4:23 PM, slankard said:

I think what I heard the most from the netflix group was, "I made all of this money and bought all of this stuff and I still wasn't happy."  The difference is, I'm very happy with all of my Christmas stuff and I can't wait to put it out.  It never disappoints or lets me down!

I didn't see the show you are talking about but based on what you have posted I believe it was about something totally different.  The people in the group sound like insecure people who are trying to "make" themselves happy by buying a bunch of materialistic junk.  It's the classic "keeping up with the Joneses" scenario.  They have empty lives and are trying to fill them up with big houses, fancy cars, etc etc.  This is totally different from pursuing a hobby (especially one that brings joy to others) even if you end up with a lot of "stuff".  The people in the show need to realize that happiness is not something that you go out and buy or that you have to find or acquire.  It's more like an attitude.  It comes from within.

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Minimalism is about your personal style, how you choose to live in your own home.

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The lights are a gift that you offer to your neighbors, a Christmas card addressed to the world.  Nothing hoardy about it.

 

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