The best way to describe how I've been feeling is to say that Christmas is exciting and joyful again. It's simple in the sense that it's not emotionally draining or causing us to be anxious, but we're able to be generous. (No one is getting anything extravagant, for sure, or even a lot of stuff, but it's the way our hearts feel-lighter and excited to give). I think it's how Christmas really should feel, without the guilt of overspending or debt to repay afterwards.
Anyway, I know this is a little bit of a ramble post. It's hard to put into words how my experience shopping is different from other years, but it is and it's exciting. I'm looking forward to a lot more Christmas that feel this way! :)