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Published on December 20, 2013

Teach Kids the True Meaning of the Holidays

Make the season less about gifts and more about family.

Every holiday season, kids are bombarded with messages about what they should add to their growing Christmas list: an iPad, video games, the newest clothing, etc. In all the commotion, it’s easy for them to lose sight of what truly makes the holidays special.

As a parent, it’s important to teach your kids the real meaning of the holidays through your actions, so they grow up knowing why we celebrate. Follow these tips to get your children less focused on expensive presents and more on the true spirit of the season:

  • Do special family activities: Fill your child’s mind with memories rather than gift ideas with a winter pastime like snow-tubing or ice-skating. Start unique traditions like an annual broomball game or neighborhood caroling. When indoors, bust out a unique board game or gather for a raucous round of charades, guaranteed to result in warm family memories.
  • Tell stories: Cap off an evening around the fireplace with classic holiday tales, filled with holiday cheer. Choose an illustrated picture book like “The Polar Express” for the little ones. If the kids are a bit older, choose a play or multi-character story and have each family member read a different role. Share cookies or hot drinks to make these moments even merrier.
  • Give back: Put the holiday spirit in action by making volunteerism a tradition in your family. There are a number of local opportunities to give back that don’t require a big time commitment.
  • Reflect: Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to give thanks. Put names of people you are thankful for into a hat and pick one out. Then, join together as a family and do something special for them to show how much they are appreciated.

How does your family bring meaning to this special time? Let us know and we might add your ideas to our list!

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