Growing up I remember absolutely nothing was open on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
This year, many stores opened up for holiday shoppers earlier than ever on Thanksgiving. On our drive home after a decadent feast with family, we passed an outlet center with a jammed packed parking lot. Are people shopping because they can’t miss the sales, walking off their turkey or slipping to stores to avoid more time with their loved ones?
The holidays have become so commercialized and all about material goods.
As parents, it’s up to us to instill the importance of the holidays in your own family. Whether you place emphasis on the religious significance of the holiday, spending time together or giving to charity, your children take cues from you.
Spending time together as a family will reinforce that it’s important to be with your loved ones. Create your own family traditions and rituals that don’t focus on gift-giving. Plan special outings; make holiday cards or other arts-and-craft projects together; watch a holiday classic; bake cookies – the possibilities are endless and will be special to reflect on in years to come.
Engaging in charitable activities is one of the most powerful things you can do to remind your children of the purpose of celebrating the holidays. Whatever you do together to help others, no matter how big or how small, is certain to bring joy to both you and your children.
No matter how you celebrate this holiday season, try to remember that’s it’s better to give than to receive. Ho, ho, ho!