The holidays are upon us! As I discuss in this video and this posting, there are lots of ways to counter the rampant materialism and hyper-busyness of the holidays (remembering that neither consumerism nor being crazy-busy makes us happy). This weekend I'm going to talk with my kids about what their favorite holiday rituals are. I'm hoping I'll be able to focus them a little less on their letters (uh, wish-lists) for Santa and a little more on all the fun—and meaningful—things we do during the holidays that aren't materialistic.
What holiday traditions does your family have? I would love to repost a whole bunch of altruistic and otherwise not-materialistic things you do with your kids. Perhaps you'll inspire those who've come to dread this time of year, or make December even more meaningful for people who already embrace that holiday feeling.
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