We have just stepped into the teen years around here—with our oldest already there and another just starting to dip his toe in the water.
With this shift in our family dynamic, comes a change in how we choose gifts for the holidays.
Packages are getting smaller and requests are more specific. The element of surprise is much harder in this phase, and it's more of a challenge to hold on to the magic.
It's a time when self-discovery is happening and identities are being sorted out, and it can easily become an era of me, me, me—it's part of the growing process. I remember going through it myself.
But it's also an era of becoming more aware of being part of a bigger picture. They are learning about and paying attention to world issues, as well as those in their own local communities.
And I want them to understand their value in being able to make a difference.
So, yes, we are giving them some of their requested items: iTunes gift cards, dance wear, sweat pants, video games, books, make up, monster hoodies, toques, sketch books and journals. But we are also putting items under the tree to remind them to think of others, too.
The magic of the holiday season is different now that they're older.
But there is still magic.
And we can remind them that it's their gift to give.
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Disclosure: I was invited to a Me to We Artisans Holiday Preview, but our family was already an enthusiastic supporter. We happily gifted our complimentary Rafiki chains to friends and family.