holiday decorationBarbara Bietz

The holiday season is a busy time for families. Between party planning, shopping, and wrapping gifts it’s important to make a little time for take a deep breath and have some creative fun! Engaging in something creative can have a calming effect during the frenzied season.

By incorporating creative activities, the holidays can be even more meaningful for everyone in the family.

Take a Creative Break

Busy parents rarely take the time to reenergize and enjoy the season. Take a break and snap some fun family photos to frame or place in a photo album. Write a poem about the season. Try a new cookie recipe. Hand paint placemats for your holiday meal. Make your own scented potpourri to keep or give as gifts.

Creative Family Fun

Stepping away from video games and computers can offer families a better way to connect. An organized activity like a trip to the ceramic studio or a local museum can be great fun, but something simple works, too.Try setting up a puzzle station on the kitchen table. Make holiday decorations with back to basics construction paper and glue. A family field trip to a local museum

Give Creative gifts

Younger kids will love craft kits, sets of colored pens, pencils, or paints, a pad or art paper and an art book all tied up with twine or a holiday bow. For older tweens and teens, several scans of yarn, knitting needles and a how-to-crochet book will offer hours of fun during the holidays. A certificate for a creative class cooking, painting, or creative writing can be a wonderful, unexpected gift.

Creative outlets can help keep the holidays fun and help you slow down and enjoy the moment. Whatever your creative endeavor enjoy it. Creativity is not about perfection; it’s about process.

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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