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Simplify the Holidays


The Center for a New American Dream, whose mission is to help Americans reduce and shift their consumption to improve quality of life, protect the environment, and promote social justice, is encouraging you to Simplify the Holidays.

Want your holidays wrapped in more meaning, and less stuff? New Dream is offering up some tips and activities to help you reduce holiday stress and avoid the over-commercialization of the season. Here are a few of our favorites:

Give a handmade gift like a book of family recipes, a collage of pictures and mementos, or a calendar filled with the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and family.

Prepare your holiday meals with as many seasonal, locally grown, and/or organic foods as possible.

Consider less gimmicky, less commercial gifts for children, such as arts/crafts supplies, books, a magnifying glass, or building blocks.

Give back to your community by preparing care packages for the homeless, or volunteering at an organization to help those in need during the holiday season.

For more tips, visit Simplify the Holidays.

Add more meaning and environmental mindfulness to your holiday, take the Simplify the Holidays Pledge.


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