busy moms: here's how to keep the joy this christmas

Itty Bitty Nativity from Hallmark Gold Crown Encouragement for Busy Moms During the Holiday Season

Hey, busy mamas. I see you. I know you know what’s looming in the horizon. Soon you’ll be juggling mistletoe and eggnog, balancing pageants and wish-lists, trying to love your littles and manage some semblance of sanity along the way.

You know that holiday to-do list that’s already creeping up on you? That ever-changing checklist chockfull of good things that can start to not feel so, well…good?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret: If we lose sense of the glow and wonder of the ordinary, the big holiday moments we work so hard to make shine will inevitably seem dim.

But what if we valued small over big this holiday season?

Adult Coloring Book Hallmark Gold Crown Christmas 2015 No Stress Holiday Season

As our family grows and adds more commitments to the calendar, I’m sensing the need to be intentional with my time. As schedules ramp up, I need to slow down.

Christmas Stress Holiday Season Encouragement Hallmark Gold Crown Busy Moms

I want my little boys to know that their mama valued time spent together. I want my kids to see and feel and believe that true holiday sparkle lies in time spent scribbling with crayons, afternoons imagining the wonder of the manger.

Itty Bitty Nativity from Hallmark Gold Crown Encouragement for Busy Moms During the Holiday Season

How can we pivot to be more present in our homes among the tinsel and glittering lights?

I jumped at the opportunity to join Hallmark Gold Crown in their holiday campaign, because I’ve always found their keepsakes thoughtful and family-centered. Their new seasonal line was such a joy to shop. Jonny and I have wanted to get the boys a nativity scene that they can play with — and not break. When we stumbled upon this Itty Bitty Nativity Scene, I think we uttered an audible “awww.”

Itty Bitty Nativity from Hallmark Gold Crown Encouragement for Busy Moms During the Holiday Season

We decided to wrap it and give it to them as a special early Christmas present to help tune our hearts to the reason we celebrate Christmas. Every time I see their little hands playing with the adorable plush characters, I can’t help but smile. We’ll be keeping the set out throughout on a bookshelf in our living room — in reach for the little hands.

Itty Bitty Nativity from Hallmark Gold Crown Encouragement for Busy Moms During the Holiday Season

I’ve had so much fun telling and retelling the story of the first Christmas as I sit with my boys on the living room floor. These sweet little moments reset my heart, and I think they might even change the trajectory of the day.

Seeing Christmas through the eyes of my children throws a new blanket of joy and whimsy onto one of my favorite holidays. When I get too busy “adulting” and stress starts to creep in, even young children can notice. When I was browsing our local Hallmark Gold Crown store, I noticed a new line of absolutely charming coloring books for grown-ups. I’ve seen the trend catching on, and I nabbed a copy of “The Art of Happiness: A Coloring Book of Whimsical Designs.”

Adult Coloring Book Hallmark The Art of Happiness Coloring Book Christmas 2015 Review

My boys (at five and two) love sitting down with crayons, markers, and coloring books, and I enjoy creating with them. I’ve often wanted to doodle on something other than cartoon characters and superheroes, so I instantly gravitated to the charming, creative illustrations in the book. (Of course, I had to share a page with each of my boys, because they were so intrigued with Mommy’s new coloring book.)

Adult Coloring Book Hallmark The Art of Happiness Coloring Book Christmas 2015 Review

Adult Coloring Book Hallmark The Art of Happiness Coloring Book Christmas 2015 Review

Playing with my kids allows me to take a breath and reassess priorities — something I think we could always use more of as we approach the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

We made a little video of Joseph and Asher opening their nativity gift.

Maybe it’ll bring you, joy, too:

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