WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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family Smorgasbord, Christmas day with the cousins, creating our holiday scene at home, and decorating the tree. They have absorbed my "true meaning of Christmas," which is family and tradition. I don't think you can really do anything to teach this — you have to believe it, live it, and hope for the best." Teaching Gratitude To teach gratitude it's important to be a good role model by showing gratitude — write thank you notes, be a gracious gift receiver — but kids don't always get the mes- sage in our world of plenty. The important thing is to help them recognize that so many people are struggling. And it's always benefi- cial to talk about the first Christmas, the first Hanukkah, and the origins of Kwanzaa just 50 years ago to remind them that all these celebrations came out of adversity. "Children's literature is a great way to root kids in the meaning of the holidays," says Goodman. Books can help teach children 169 w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e Family-Friendly Holiday Movies n Home Alone n How the Grinch Stole Christmas n It's a Wonderful Life n Miracle on 34th Street n Elf n A Charlie Brown Christmas n Frosty the Snowman n Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer n Samantha: An American Girl Doll Holiday n A Christmas Story n The Santa Clause n A Christmas Carol

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