Charles and Sally

Charles and Sally
en route to Le Diner en Blanc

Le Diner en Blanc New York

Le Diner en Blanc New York
Lincoln Center 2012

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS WITHOUT THE COMMERCIALS

Yes, Virginia, there are ways to have a good time with your grandchildren without spending their inheritance before the end of the year. In addition to the suggestions I made in my last post, you can find a host of new, original, inexpensive activities that can bring the kind of closeness we all want with our grandkids.

One terrific resource is the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. This national coalition of health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups, parents, and individuals who care about children is devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children, and has just produced the free, downloadable "CCFC Guide to Commercial-free Holidays."

Download it by going to:
http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/pdf/CommercialFreeHolidayGuide.pdf. Here you’ll find such great ideas as:
• taking a grandchild to a grocery store to buy fixings for a complete holiday meal and then taking those fixings to a local food bank
• giving a toddler one of your old purses and filling it with comb, old wallet, fake jewelry, change purse with loose change, band-aids, and other items like the ones she’d find in your purse
• making little coupons that are good for, say, a day’s shopping with you (sure to be popular with teenage girls, and not too pricey if you set limits ahead of time), or a movie and lunch, a hike, a trip to see holiday decorations, or some other shared activity
• making your own play-dough and giving plastic knives and other small inexpensive implements to use with it.
• And more, enough to keep you busy all season long.

4 comments:

Susan said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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Sally Wendkos Olds said...

Thanks, Susan, for your good words -- I look forward to your visits! Sally

Susan Adcox said...

It's difficult to put the toothpaste back in the tube, and it's difficult to go back to simpler, less-commercial celebrations. Still, I think it's worth trying. We scaled back our spending this year and had one of our best holidays ever. Right now I'm really busy being a caregiver to my dad, but when I have more time, I want to resurrect the idea of homemade gifts. I'm not a great artist, but I can put together a scrapbook and do some simple crafts. I know I treasure the things that people have made for me for than anything store-bought.

Sally Wendkos Olds said...

Susan, I agree with you about treasuring hand-made gifts. Although I have to admit I have re-gifted some items in my time (I hope not to the same people who gave them to me), I have never given away anything that anyone made, whether I could use it or not. I always think of the time and effort and care that have gone into a present like that.