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Dear Family:

Before you buy me anything this holiday season, I feel the need to tell you that I don’t need a single thing.

I have everything a person could want in multiples. Anyhow, I like to think of myself as an aspiring minimalist and an “under-buyer.” (Thank you Gretchen Rubin for that term) You’ll roll your eyes, but I am trying to resist the forces of consumerism that surrounds us. I don’t need another sweater – my closet is full. I don’t need new slippers – the pair you gave me last year are still awesome. I don’t want any kitchen gadgets – I could give away a few and not miss them. I don’t want more candles or lotions – I may never use all that were gifted to me last year. I love books, but I read them on my Kindle.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate the gesture. I do! But at the same time, I would love to save you some of the stress of holiday shopping. No one likes the long lines and full parking lots at the mall. I just don’t need more stuff.

My home will be full and happy with all of you there on Christmas Day. I am looking forward to cooking our traditional Christmas meal with you mom. I can’t wait to see you brother, England is far away, and we are another year older since we last saw each other.

I am sorry if I sound like a spoil sport. If you insist on spending money on me this holiday season, can you donate that amount to a charity? There are so many great causes to support out there. I’ll be happy to send you a list of organizations I am passionate about. I can’t wait to see you all. I’ve been decorating, but our house won’t truly be jolly until you are here.

With love,

Your daughter and sister