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Offered by Janine Lechleitner, CPNP, Premier Pediatrics

Gift of MemoriesFamily, mistletoe, peppermint cookies, giving back… Just a few of my childhood Christmas memories. Sadly, Christmas has become more about “stuff” and less about the true meaning of Christmas and family. How can you make this Christmas one that your children will remember forever? Instead of showering your children with “stuff” that will all too soon be tossed aside, give them the gift of memories! Whether you are baking cookies, decorating the house, watching a favorite Christmas movie, or looking at neighborhood lights, don’t underestimate the value of family time and making memories.

Below are a few ideas to make Christmas more meaningful:
1. Attend holiday events together – Look for Christmas themed events such a parades, concerts, plays.
2. There’s no place like home for the holidays – My most special memories were made at home. From dinners with the good china to game nights, making memories can be done at home at no cost.
3. Don’t set your children up for failure – Kids will be kids, even on their best days. Review expectations if you are going somewhere. Explain consequences of misbehavior.
4. Make meaningful conversation – Talk with your children! Share your childhood Christmas memories. Discuss the true meaning of Christmas.
5. Give thanks – Teach your children to be thankful. Point out all your family blessings!!
6. Give back – Whether it’s buying gifts for a child on an Angel Tree or it’s baking cookies for an elderly neighbor, teach your children how to give back!

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