Call me picky but I have never found a tree topper that I like. This year, I decided to make one. I had a few sticks left over from my Halloween and fall decorations and an idea, perhaps I can make a star out of those sticks. A few drops of hot glue and some hemp and finally, a tree topper that I approve of. I even made an extra star to place on some bookshelves.
This year, I decided to keep the holidays simple in our home. This includes decorating. Many of our decorations didn’t make it out of the attic this year. But we have the basics, the tree, some garland and a few handmade crafts. I decided to fill an empty frame with a tree made out of washi tape. I tore the edges rather than cut them perfect because, well, I didn’t want it to look perfect. And in its imperfection, it is in fact, perfect.
I read an article in a recent Family Fun magazine titled “Creating Creative Kids.” The article got me thinking. Academics is important, yes. Call me crazy, but just above academics, on my list of dreams for my children, is that they have creative minds. I mean, anyone can learn to read a book, memorize facts, add, multiply, divide…but creativity is in a class all on its own. I want my children to have creative minds. To look at things and see something completely different than what the natural object is. I want their minds to explore, to dream and to have new ideas that are outside the box, over the line, shoot…miles and miles and years and years over the line.
So, today, on a rainy afternoon in Texas, we made mixtures, potions and experiments. Whatever you want to call them, we made them. I gave them ingredients from the kitchen and let them go at it. No rules. Just mix and mix whatever you want to. And when you get tired of that mixture, start all over. Smell it, squish it in your hands, taste it if you dare. Just have fun.