Our first tip is about giving back. Courtney and I teach in what many call the city with the world’s largest lighted parade–the Festival of Lights. Many moons ago, when I started teaching, each classroom of kids made ornaments to display in the Enchanted Forest. Some years later, the forest disappeared from the festivities, and we weren’t sure why. It had long been a special place for families to walk and enjoy the lights and handmade ornaments crafted by all of the kids in our district. Courtney and I were sad to see it go but were pleasantly surprised when it was rekindled this year in celebration of 30 years. Our kids made some fabulous ornaments to contribute to a tradition that was once long-lived in our community and has returned. While this is a tradition in our community, think about starting a tradition in yours!