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Q: Am I a bad parent if I sacrifice holiday cheer for the environment?

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(CNN)Am I a bad parent if I sacrifice some holiday cheer for the sake of the environment? We are all used to holiday observances that are excessive; that's, in a way, how we know it's a holiday. Is it okay to reimagine the holidays — and probably suck some of the joy out of them for our kids — for a higher purpose? Or, should we try to limit consumption in other areas and at other moments and leave the holiday season mostly alone?

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Feeling Guilty

Dear Feeling Guilty,

    Let's start with the big, urgent picture. No, you are not a bad parent if