5 ways to teach kids true spirit of the holidays


Frazzled parents. Check. Impossible to do list. Check. Not enough time or money to go around. Check and double check. Happy holidays. In spite of the season's non-stop soundtrack of peace and love, goodwill towards all, sometimes it's easy to overlook the spirit of the holidays and feel more humbug than ho-ho-ho.

So what is the true spirit of the season? The answers are as personal as the traditions we cherish. Whether we observe Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa it can be agreed that we are all celebrating a season of miracles, grace and giving. Amidst chaotic commercialization that preaches gimme, gimme, gimme, how do we teach children the importance of sharing, and help them understand sometimes it does feel better to give than to receive?