New Family Holiday Traditions

Foster family and community and make new memories with holiday crafts, natural decorations and group activities.


| November/December 2016


1. Host a Food Swap

Cookies aren’t the only foods you can exchange over the holidays. Get to know your neighbors and foster culinary creativity by hosting a swap of homemade, homegrown foods. Attendees can trade goods — such as a loaf of banana bread for a jar of preserves — and many swaps also include a potluck component. To learn more about food swaps, or to find an established one near you, visit foodswapnetwork.com.

2. Family Circle

Knitting is a perfect cold-weather craft, and a fun activity to do as a family or with friends. Help younger family members pick up new skills by teaching them how to make a simple project, such as a scarf or hat. Set up a plate of cookies, some tea or hot cocoa, and settle in for a fun afternoon. Donate finished hats or scarves to a homeless shelter. Find tips on teaching children to knit here

3. Volunteer as a Family

During the holiday season, there’s no shortage of opportunities to give back to our communities. Call your local homeless shelter, humane society or food bank and ask about volunteer needs. Once you’ve done a little research, decide as a family which opportunity best fits your schedule and abilities, and plan a time to help out.

4. Give a Group Gift

Consider giving one gift each year that the whole family can enjoy together, whether it’s a board game, a tent or even a family trip. Make a list of ideas, and ask everyone in the household to vote on their favorite — ensuring the gift you give is one everybody will be excited about.



5. The Gift of Verse

During the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, it was common practice to include a seasonal poem along with gifts to friends or family. Give your gifts an extra personal touch by including a few lines of a favorite poem, or, if you’re feeling creative, come up with a few lines of your own.

6. Make Salt Dough Decorations

Making holiday ornaments from salt dough is an easy, fun holiday activity for kids of all ages. To make the salt dough, mix 1 cup salt and 2 cups flour in a large bowl. Gradually add 1 cup lukewarm water, and mix until it reaches a doughy consistency. Knead until smooth, then use as you would modeling clay, cutting out shapes, making handprints or figures. Let the finished creations air dry (times vary depending on size and thickness). To make your projects colorful, add natural coloring in the form of spirulina powder, beet powder, cocoa or turmeric to the dough before mixing, or have kids paint creations using nontoxic paint.








mother earth news fair 2018 schedule

Next: June 2-3, 2018
Frederick, MD

LEARN MORE








Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.




Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter


Copyright 2018, All Rights Reserved
Ogden Publications, Inc., 1503 SW 42nd St., Topeka, Kansas 66609-1265