In the holiday rush or gift buying, shuffling relatives to and from the
airport and perfection anxiety, it’s easy to lose focus and forget about
what’s really important. Taking a moment to enjoy the people you love
and appreciate the magic of the holidays. The following tips are sure to
get your family in the holiday spirit.
1.) Create holiday magic for little ones. Nothing could be sweeter than
watching a child beaming with excitement, counting down the minutes to
Santa’s arrival. Parents can take this wonderment to the next level with a whole bevy of apps available on both iTunes and Android platforms (just search for "Santa") Children can call Santa to leave their wish
lists as many times as they like
2.) Start a family tradition. Believe it or not, these are the memories
that your kids will tell you they appreciated most (when they are adults
anyway!) Pose the whole family in front of the fireplace for a quick
portrait on Christmas morning. Attend Christmas
Eve service or go caroling with a group – it may feel a little forced
at first, but doing these kinds of habitual, special traditions will
create fond memories for years to come.
3.) Think Fair Trade. For those last minute gifts, visit Global Exchange
or Ten Thousand Villages and select a socially responsible treasure.
You can find organic chocolate and coffee, clothing and extraordinary
gifts for just about anyone – fair trade means that you can feel good
that the people who make these gifts are appropriately compensated.
4.) Pay it forward. The holiday season often reminds us to be thankful of all that we have. Volunteer in a soup kitchen on Christmas
Eve -- not only will it be a tremendously bonding experience for the
whole family, but it will teach children to be thankful for things they
take for granted.
5.) Minimize your Christmas footprint. Often time, local parks will shred Christmas
trees into wood chips, which can be used several months later for
mulching. Take the extra time to sort used wrapping paper for recycling.