HOMEMADE HOLIDAYS

I’m Dreaming of a GREEN Christmas…

A new movement is afoot to reclaim and refocus the holidays. Part of it stems from a desire to cut back on the wastefulness that
comes from accumulating mountains of store-bought gifts and wrappings. Another is the growing desire to generate more meaningful memories during the holidays. One answer is to embrace a do-it-yourself,
or DIY, mentality that makes everything—from decorating to tree trimming, cooking and gift giving—personal.

There is no better time to join in activities as a family than Christmastime. Subtract the frenzied consumerism and there is little for a child not to love: being with loved ones in the kitchen, measuring sugar, rolling dough and cutting cookies; happily sitting around a table, pasting, stamping and glittering; decorating a tree that magically transforms with each addition; and the pleasing scents of cookies, candles and cinnamon-dotted wreaths.

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