- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cutting back on spending during the holiday season can have several good side effects.

An obvious one is saving money.

It also can encourage more thankfulness and togetherness in families with children. That’s according to advice from the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, a nonprofit group that encourages parents to spend more time with their children - baking, volunteering, making crafts, telling stories, visiting family - and less money on commercial gifts.

To help parents come up with ideas and for some tips for resisting the holiday hype, the group created a guide, available at www.commercialfreechildhood.org.

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