We asked a couple of creative moms to share how they keep the most important thing the most important thing during the hectic holiday season. Read on for Sam’s tips and tricks!
My name is Sam Sidney. I am an artist, and a mom to three amazing creative kiddos.
Our house is a place full of markers, legos, beads, paint, and paper, and it’s where all neighborhood kids hang out. We have a pool and trampoline in the back, and lots of creativity flowing in the house. Our kids are always busy making something, and the holidays are no exception.
Being an artist, holiday time is my busy season. I illustrate holiday cards, paint Christmas stockings, and create paintings. I mostly work at the kitchen table, and the kids are usually working beside me. I try to get work done while they are at school, it’s nice to work along side them in the afternoons and evenings.
The holiday season can definitely be stressful: classroom parties at school, holiday events, and buying gifts for teachers, friends, and family. I try to get most of my shopping done before Thanksgiving. I know the few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas break go by fast, and I want to enjoy every moment with my family.
The Kiwi Crate projects we received were a perfect holiday activity. Our kids loved sharing the projects with their friends. The process is as rewarding as the final product. They love exploring, investigating, and problem-solving. In the spirit of giving, they gave their creations to their pals to take home.
Tips for slowing down and enjoying the holiday season:
- Make cards for friends, teachers and family. While I wrap gifts, my kids hang along side me and make cards.
- Instead of going out on a Saturday night, watch Christmas movies and order pizza. We like “Elf.”
- Take an evening walk (or in our case, golf cart ride) around your neighborhood to look at Christmas decorations. My daughter likes to take a clipboard to keep track of the decorations: reindeer, Santa, candy canes …
- Hot cocoa for breakfast. (With marshmallows too – of course!)
If you liked this post, check out the others in this series:
- The Most Important Thing: Cookies for Firemen
- The Most Important Thing: Siblings Creating Together
- The Most Important Thing: Home Is Where You Make It
- The Most Important Thing: Hands-On Family Time