Handmade Polyclay Christmas Ornaments
Having fun creating holiday characters with my kid!
Recently I have been posting a "Thoughtful Thursdays" article reflecting on life in some way. The past two have been non-craft related, but today, I thought I'd share something my daughter and I have been making together over the past week - polymer clay Christmas ornaments.
Although I know it isn't even Thanksgiving yet, I can not help myself but to joyously start celebrating Christmas. My little girl shares the same sentiment about it as I do (thankfully, or I'd probably be very annoying considering I'm several weeks early!).
A couple evenings this past week, we turned off the television, turned on Christmas music and did a holiday craft or activity together. We created handmade polymer clay Christmas ornaments including many snowmen, an elf, reindeer, flower and variety of this and that. The end result varied quite a lot between mommy and daughter, but the process was magical and special indeed. I loved every minute of the time singing along to Christmas carols and teaching my daughter to sculpt colorful clay.
Prior to this holiday season, I worked a very demanding and hectic job schedule since my daughter was an infant. By her second Christmas, my mind was unfortunately focused elsewhere - the all important J-O-B, the bills coming in the mail, the car, the house, the chores, the..... you get the idea. There was always somewhere else for my head to be.
In case you haven't quite figured it out in life, there will always be someplace else for your head to be - always. On the never ending bright side, you have a choice. You don't have to choose for your head and your heart to be there. It took me a few years to realize this. I am very, very thankful that it didn't take me longer than that, but it did take a while. Now I choose for my head and my heart to be where I want it to be, but every single day, it is a choice. I admit that I don't always make the right choice about it either, but at least I'm conscious of it now.
Does that mean you need to go out and quit your job to make ornaments with your kid? Um, no, probably not the best move ;-) However, I urge you to take whatever time outside of important obligations like your job, your church or community service, your grocery shopping, bill planning, etc. - anyway, take some time to turn it all off, put on some good music and do something special with those few people close to you who make your life magical. You might just end up with some awesome one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments, or even better, great memories, great sentiment and great time to take a breath of fresh air, a little less cluttered by your daily routine of obligations and responsibilities.
Merry Christmas.....er, I mean, yep, I mean "Merry Christmas!" (a little early I know, but oh, well!)
And, Happy Thanksgiving too! I hope you spend it in a magical way this year.