How to Have a Non-Commercial Holiday


| 12/10/2013 1:41:00 PM


Tags: Children, Play Time, Commercialization, Consumerism, Buy Nothing Day, Holiday Season, Christmas, Waging Nonviolence, Frida Berrigan.,

 

Toys are fun, but what kids really need for Christmas is love, connection, and play time.

This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence.

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Seamus is covered in peanut butter and dragging a cell phone charger around while he carries a box of tampons in the crook of his arm. Not exactly photo-finish perfect parenting, but okay. He is fully occupied for the moment, and nothing he is holding can do him harm, right?

He is headed for the bathroom. My one concern is that he will decide to store his now-precious items in his favorite place—the toilet. Is the lid on? I think so, but the little genius can open it, no problem. I am listening for the splash. I think the charger would be okay, the tampons not so much. I am not even sure where he found them; I am almost seven months pregnant and haven’t had much use for them recently. But I don’t want to see them wasted either—they are too expensive to get waterlogged in an open toilet by a 16-month-old. I am encouraging his independence and curiosity, so I don’t get up to check on him.