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5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Kids Activities

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5 Eco-Friendly Holiday Kids Activities

 

By Lamar and Ronnie Tyler, Moms Clean Air Force

Over the last few years, we have started several traditions with our kids during the holidays. It is our hope that they will carry these†traditions into their adult lives. First and foremost, we want our kids to really understand the true meaning of the season. The ultimate gift of life was given to us on December 25th, and this is what we celebrate. We want our kids to know that the season is not about receiving gifts and toys. Rather, it is about love, peace, and joy.

To reinforce these principles, we started several traditions. For instance, each year our kids pick a service project to do during the holiday season. While we participate in service projects all throughout the year, it is especially important that they participant during the holidays. The gratification that we all feel after giving back during the holidays is priceless.

The kids and I also do crafts during the holidays. Crafty moms out there might say:†ďSo what, thatís no big deal.Ē Oh but it is! We make ornaments; we sip hot tea with lemon, sing Christmas carols, and make memories that last a lifetime. Yes, our crafts look like a hot mess (thanks to their non-crafty mom), but the time Iím spending with the kids is perfect!

And thanks to being a member of the†Moms Clean Air Force, I have added another tradition to our list. I am going to take every opportunity to teach the kids about the environment during their holiday break.

Next Page: 5 things I plan to do to pique my kidsí interests in the environment over the holidays.

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9:20AM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Great ideas. Thanks.

9:41AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Thanks.

5:31AM PST on Dec 22, 2011

We have a list for each season consisting of different things that we find special or want to do at different times of the year. It includes foods, music, movies, games, etc. This reminds us of things we enjoyed before and would like to do again or new ideas to consider next year. For example, one year my husband found a great recipe for brussel sprouts wokked in garlic and lemon juice. We don't have to remember the recipe, we just have to remember to look in our list under Winter. There it is for whenever we want to have it.

Last year I was quite ill so we were forced to do simple, quiet traditions. Actually, that meant we had to come up with some new ones. We searched the internet for ideas & found a dozen movies that are perfect to watch at specific times of the year, like Chocolat for Easter and Alice in Wonderland around Halloween. They're not typical holiday shows, but they work for us.

We also have suggestions for fun things to do with friends and family. Going for walks to see the Spring bulbs in March-May then inside for hot chocolate, pancakes and making decorations. In the Autumn it's time to go to the woods and gather pretty leaves, nuts and pinecones to use as decorations or if the weather is bad then we have a party to make outside decorations that birds can eat while drinking mulled cranberry/apple juice and eating pumpkin brownies. Next year I want to make a pinata for Koninginnedag (The Dutch celebration of the queen's birthday on 30 April).

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6:28AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Very cool! These are wonderful ideas I'm going to try out with my own kidlets!

10:06PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

3:01PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

nice.
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2:55PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Thanks for the good ideas.

2:54PM PST on Dec 20, 2011

Thanks for the good ideas.

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