Yesterday, Sam shared how her family keeps the most important thing the most important thing during the hectic holiday season. Today, we talk to Jenna for more tips and tricks!
Hi! I’m Jenna! I homeschool my two sweet kiddos ages three & six in Maui, Hawaii. We were SO excited to accept Kiwi Crate’s challenge to simplify our holidays to focus on creativity and quality time with our kids. It’s something we are really passionate about, and setting aside time during this busy season to create with our children is always time well spent!
Having kids really made us re-think the holidays and how we can focus on what’s important. (For us, that’s quality time together and giving back.) We have always tried to focus our time and priorities on things that fill us with joy during the Christmas season.
Now that our kids are older, we try to include them in creating family traditions that are important to them. It’s always great to check in with our kids and be reminded that their priorities are sometimes different than we expect. They want to play and spend time together. Our kids are not concerned about the number of presents under the tree, or the number of Christmas parties we attend.
I am always surprised by how difficult simplicity during the holidays can be. The to-do lists and commitments can so easily take over if I let them. That’s why Kiwi Crate has been such a gift for our family. When that green box comes in the mail, it’s all my kids want to do. We put the to-do list on hold to create and discover our Kiwi Crate projects together. In that hour, play, creativity, and togetherness are the focus and it’s a wonderful thing!
Here are a few ways we make time for our family traditions every winter…
- First of all, we try to remember it’s ok to say “no.” We don’t have the time to go to every single activity during the season. When we keep our schedule open, it leaves time for our family to be together and do the things that matter most to us.
- We create a family winter bucket list, so nothing gets forgotten! We add things like take cookies to the fire station, try cardboard sledding, and watch a Christmas movie together.
- We try to fit a daily activity into our routine that brings us together. Our routine includes a walk around the neighborhood to admire the Christmas lights after dinner, and an advent reading before bed. Even if our day gets busy, it’s nice to have that moment, together as a family and dwelling in this special season, to look forward to.
- For all the fun we have as a family, we also make time for giving back to others. That can be leaving coffee gift cards on random cars, baking cookies for the neighbors, giving to an organization that helps the less fortunate, or buying a Kiwi Crate project for a friend. Nothing feels better than giving to others!
If you liked this post, check out the others in this series:
- The Most Important Thing: Hot Cocoa for Breakfast
- 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
To learn more about Jenna, check out her blog and Instagram profile! Stop by again tomorrow to get inspired all over again by another creative mom. Signing off for tonight with a quick “You’re Awesome,” and we will see you tomorrow.