Although I'm a long time off from having children of my own, the holidays make me think of those things I did when I was younger to help others in my community and those traditions that I'd like start with my children. Many of the volunteer projects I participated in were organized through my school and they had a profound impact on my outlook and involvement today.
Beth Kanter recently posted some great ideas to get your children involved in giving in volunteering, regardless of their age. Encourage your children to give their time or money and lead by example. It's the perfect time of year to start a tradition of giving!