The holidays are upon us.
I went to this week and was greeted by a giant "Merry Christmas" banner over the shopping carts. The faux trees were lined up and ready to go in everything from traditional evergreen to a sassy hot pink.
Parenting a toddler during the holidays can present unique challenges.
Example: The girls and I were recently were shopping when my oldest spotted toys. She immediately ran down the isle, pointing out all the things I could buy her for Christmas.
I cringed and tried to say something meaningful.
It's not that I'm against presents or Santa Claus. I just realized that her perception of the holidays was really important to me.
Instead of just discussing the importance of caring for others, involve kids in giving back to the community. For great local service ideas, check out ACTion Alexandria's Holiday Guide.
Finally, we will emphasize what we do together as a family (vs. presents). Last week, we took the girls for ice skating and hot chocolate at Pentagon Row in Arlington. It was such a hit that we may go back this weekend.
This Saturday is Pentagon Row's ninth annual Holiday Festival. It will have horse-drawn wagon rides, live music, snowfall and Santa.
What aspect of the holiday season is important to your family? Tell us in the comments section.