The news this holiday season is full of supply chain warnings and price mark-ups. It feels as if last year’s cautions about staying home and keeping things simple were a lifetime ago; this year, people are eager to shop, gather and feel more “normal.” But in our rush to return to a fast-paced, gift-laden season, do we risk losing some of the holiday family bonding many of us gained in 2020? Maybe there’s a happy medium to be found for 2021.
Last year, about a quarter of Americans planned to gather with extended family and friends for holiday celebrations. This year, the numbers are up to about fifty percent. Whichever half you fall into, consider making this year’s celebrations more about going “small” for big rewards. You could shop “small” by supporting local businesses, create homemade gifts for a “small” environmental footprint, and spend more time enjoying “small” simple pleasures and family bonding experiences rather than going “big” with extravagant outings. Here are some ideas to try:
We’ve got even more ideas for “small” family bonding with a big impact you can try this year. Check out our 31 Days of Family Fun printable calendar for daily doses of inspiration, or snuggle on the couch with one of the family movies from our Holiday Dinner and a Movie collection. And of course, you can always take the giving spirit further with family-friendly community service ideas from our #GivingTuesday resources. Let’s end 2021 with a spirit of connection, caring and kindness!
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