Tip

Curbing the Gimmies

How do you avoid getting sucked into the tsunami of holiday commercialism? And, even trickier, how do you help the kids in your life steer clear of the gimmies? First, turn off the TV! If that seems too difficult, at least mute the commercials. Even better, play ad-free holiday movies for your family. Read books that focus on the true meaning of the holidays. Recycle the toy catalogs before they even enter your house. When your kids start to make holiday wish lists, ask them to also make lists of how they can help others this season.