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.
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