A Disney Family

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
Walt Disney

As I said on Monday, Disney’s birthday is coming up on this coming Monday, December 5th. Disney was a very wise and creative man, and he was also a family man.   As successful as Disney was, he made it a point to remember that life is all about family.  After all, Disney’s theme parks are all designed to be family friendly.

There are many things that compete for our attention, at the center of that right now is money.  Many families are struggling to have money to pay bills, let alone buy Christmas presents.  When the money fears take over, all members of the family can suffer.

But what we learn from Disney’s great parks, movies and ideas is that life is all about family.  And that there is nothing in the world that should make a family neglect, or ignore each other, especially in the holiday season.  So what can we do to share Disney’s love for life with our families this year (I’m talking about all kinds of family including adopted and families made of friends as well as traditional)?

1-spend time with those you love.  Notice I didn’t say spend money on those you love.  No matter what gift you think you want to give someone or think they want, they’ll always take love and time with you.

2-do free fun.  There are lots of free (or mostly free) options that you can do as a family this season.  You can drive around and look at lights, or participate in some town or church activities.

3-stay home together.  There are fun things to do right at home.  A few dollars will buy some craft material to make something fun, seasonal books are great to read together, and you can decorate a tree as a family.

This season, remember that at it’s very heart Christmas is all about family.  What ways will you spend time with yours?

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