We all know that most (if not all) families can be a little rough around the edges. Just as there is no picture perfect family, there is no picture perfect holiday season. This year in particular, the news seems to be dominated by major tragedies and major challenges along with fear-mongering and divisive politics.
So, we at the Children’s Trust, think it’s more important than ever to embrace your friends, your family, your neighbors, and your community this season. Hug your loved ones a little bit tighter and a little bit longer. Put aside your differences in order to demonstrate the love and connection that outweighs them. Take a little extra time to catch up with your neighbors. Consider volunteering some of your time or donating holiday gifts or money to a local cause. One Tough Job has some great suggestions for ways to teach children the spirit of giving.
The holidays can be more stressful than they are enjoyable, so we urge you to find ways to ease holiday stress. Remember the truism that your family and your friends need your presence more than your presents.
However you choose to approach them, we hope your holidays and the new year are merry and bright.