How three families teach their children Christmas isn’t all about material things

Giving to charity, fundraising, volunteering – all help children understand kindness

 Candles and Christmas lights. Photograph: Frank Miller

Candles and Christmas lights. Photograph: Frank Miller

Twinkling lights in shopping centres, Christmas music on loop, advertisement bombardments with “must haves” for all the family, and to-do lists as long as our arms, all create the perfect setting for the most materialistic time of the year.

So it’s up to us parents to remind our children that it’s not all about what you get. The season of goodwill is the perfect time to think of others, instil kindness, and make a difference in the world, in the way children can.

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