Creativity At Christmas

Creativity At Christmas,Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

 

Creativity At Christmas – One thing I love about Christmas, is that it is a time when many people dip into their creativity. There are numerous ways that we can be creative at Christmas. Here are a few of them:

  • Making our own Christmas cards 
  • Preparing delightful dishes for Christmas dinner
  • Making our presents for others
  • Taking time to wrap gifts thoughtfully
  • Gingerbread houses

We have all become so embroiled in the commercialization of Christmas that it is difficult to retain sight of the fact that Christmas is about giving and receiving. I should add to that the all-important word MINDFULLY, giving and receiving. How often do we leave everything to the last-minute and rush about trying to find something appropriate to give this person and that, not having a clue what they would really like? And that is something else again – why don’t we know what they would really like.  Have we asked them? Our lives are so busy, so rushed – when do we have time to mindfully stop and really consider what we are doing? Gifting creativity at Christmas seems to have gone out of fashion and become steamrollered into quantity versus quality amidst the frantic pace of our 21st-century lifestyles.

Sometimes I think we lose sight of what’s important. This year I took a night off work so I could take my granddaughter to a gingerbread house making night. This was great fun for both of us and we spent time together, working and playing together, with her bossing me around as she loves to do. However, she also came to the realisation that in order to complete the task we had to co-operate. (So important learning was also given within this experience.)

I have not attended one of these events before, and it was great to see a whole room full of people, many of whom didn’t know each other, collaborating and having fun together. It was a night of belonging to a tribe, the tribe of gingerbread house makers. And importantly it was a night of creativity at Christmas. There was no competition involved, just everybody creating the most delightful houses that they could.

The less is more principle springs to mind. When you think about the joy we have on receiving a handmade present from one of our children compared to a cheap mass-produced item, there is no comparison really. One year a friend gave me an exquisitely hand embroidered bag that she had made and I was so moved by this gift. There were hours of work in it and the fact that she had made this for me was actually quite overwhelming. This bag must be 30 years old now and I still remember the beautiful feeling I had on opening it.  My friend gave me something far more than just a bag the day she gave me this gift. She gave me a gift that has kept on giving to me for 30 years and it was a gift that said to me – I see you, I know your heart, I love you and value our friendship. 

 

Creativity At Christmas,Hand Embroidered Gift Bag

Hand Embroidered Bag

 

This friend has given me many beautiful treasures over the years, I still have them all, and my heart is filled with joy and gratitude every time I look at them.

When someone takes the time to create something for you, it is a measure of their care and love. It is not about how good the gift is, how ‘perfectly made’, or it will ruin my decor or will I look geeky  if I wear this chunky bracelet – these judgments are all about us not the giver of the gift. 

However, I think we should take note that many of these things are falling by the wayside now, for example, a lot of people now send their Christmas cards by email. Many of my students were remarking just today that they hardly ever get Christmas cards anymore and they were quite delighted to receive mine. Not that I actually made them mind you, well they weren’t hand done, but they were digital images that I created and then had printed on cards, so there was still an element of my own creativity there.  The funny thing was, that they opened them together and didn’t work out right away that I had created the images on the cards until one of them turned one over and saw my logo on the back. Then everyone went back and had a second look at their cards which were all different, and you could see the delight on their faces at something that wasn’t just bought from the store. You can see how gifting creativity at Christmas, rewards both the giver and the receiver.

creativity_at_Christmas,Xmas Card,kadira_jennings

I think there is also another really important point here, which is illustrated by the example I just gave. If we think for a moment about how the students received those cards, at first really only giving them a cursory glance until someone else discovered that they might have more meaning. It was only then that they went back and actually had a really good look at the cards. So we have here a lesson in receiving as well. If you think about how children open their Christmas presents, they rip through them going on to the next thing and the next, and until they’re all gone. And the more presents they receive the less appreciation there actually is for each gift. I wonder what Christmas would be like, if we only gave handmade gifts, which also means that we would probably get far less of them. But how much more might we appreciate them and how much longer might those gifts keep on giving to us if they were specially made just for us.

This, of course, means that we need to be a lot more organised, we would have to begin creating these gifts at the beginning of the year not rushing out to buy them three days before Christmas. We would have to put a lot more thought into what we actually want to give them, and what we think they might like. Then of course, we might have to give up some of our precious time in order to create it. However, the gift in that for us is that we get to use our own creativity, and experience the joy that there is within that activity, that fills the soul like nothing else.

 

 

What’s next? Now all the Excitement’s Over….

What's next,christmas tree

 Well that’s a very good question.  What is next? About now most people are running around madly trying to get Christmas shopping done, and wondering how they are going to fit in all the work functions, relations visiting, Christmas cooking and mow the lawns.  On top of all that, if you run a business, there is all the business stuff to do before Christmas and then thinking about next year, which is nearly  upon us.

I belong to a master mind group of artists and we have decided to get together between Christmas and New Year and do some vision boards together so we can really get a handle on what’s next for the coming year.  This is not a new idea, but is something that can help focus you  on what you really want, throughout your day.

Is there a secret to creating a vision board that works? In a word YES: Your vision board needs to focus on how you want to feel.  It ought not to focus on just the stuff you want like new cars and houses etc. it’s great to include the material stuff, however where many people go wrong is that those are the things they focus on, the actual things themselves.The most important  thing about manifesting is often not taught to people.  And to repeat it again…. It is all about how you feel. 

Part of that is connected to how in alignment you are with the thing you are wanting.  For example, lets say, that I’m wanting to go on a trip to France.  However, I might be scared of flying or get very nervous about being in a place where I don’t speak the language.  I might have ten different fears around travelling.  Now I can have that picture of France on my vision board, and the plane to get there and the place I’m wanting to stay, however it won’t manifest because my fear will be constantly pushing it away. You would need to focus very strongly on the wonderful feeling you would have standing gazing at the Eiffel Tower – or what ever floats your boat.

Eiffel tower photo

If you want to read a bit more about vision boards check out this article in The Huffington Post

Pix Credits : Eiffel Tower: Pexels

                       Christmas tree : Geralt

Being Creative At Christmas.

Being creative at Christmas is one of the things I love about Christmas. Creativity and Christmas seem to go together.  This often seems to be a time when people make an extra effort to be creative.

There is a man near where we live, who just transforms his house at Christmas time.

Being creative at Christmas

 

Not only does he do this, he also makes up little packets of reindeer food and gives them out to the kids!

Being creative at Christmas

 

Other people will make their gifts, for the important people in their lives, or even make their Christmas cards.  In this day and age when we are surrounded by so much commercialism and cheap junk made in China, people are becoming more and more appreciative of hand crafted things.  To receive a gift that someone has taken the time out of their busy lives to actually make, to give us, means so much more. One of the most treasured gifts I have ever received was this beautiful hand worked bag my best friend once gave me.

Being creative at Christmas

 

This Week’s Question: How are you being creative at Christmas this year?

Look For Thursday’s Post: The Lovebirds

Next Monday’s Post: Emotions in art and Abstraction. How do these things relate to each other?

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