How to Have a Mindful & Meaningful Holiday Season with Your Kids

By Inhabitots

It's easy to get caught up in consumerism around the holidays, with price markdowns and the constant inundation of media and store signs telling you exactly what everyone on your list must have for the holidays. But this year, commit to a more mindful holiday season with the following tips. First, read our guide: how to combat consumer chaos and have a thoughtful holiday season . Studies have shown that parents are trapped in a cycle of having too much stuff and too little time for their kids , so ditch material items and opt for any of these 6 non-materialistic, experiential gifts that will teach kids the true meaning of presence over presents. The SoKind gift registry also enables you to focus on more fun and less stuff with gifts that truly matter . These 5 ingenious ideas for memorable, non store-bought gifts include options from giving your child money to donate to a charity of their choosing, and documenting stories from your own childhood together. Taking the time to create DIY holiday gifts is one way to show you really care by giving the gift of your time and talents. Here are over 120 homemade ideas for presents that you can create for friends and family of all ages . If someone on your list has a sweet tooth (who doesn't?), then make them a batch of these delicious, healthy raw vegan almond cranberry cookies as a love-fueled gesture. Another important way to be mindful is to be aware of the traditions and stories you're passing on to your children with regard to Santa Claus. Take a moment to ponder what you're teaching your kids by reading our story: Santa Claus vs. The Buddha: What Am I Teaching My Children ? Finally, if you're sticking with a traditional holiday filled with material presents galore, buy responsibly made, sustainable gifts. Check out Inhabitat's 2013 Green Holiday Gift Guide for gift ideas for everyone on your list, fromlittle kids andbig kids toparents and pets!

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