Christmas is for children… learning the art of giving.

The pretty lights and excitement of opening brightly wrapped gifts are not the only things that provide joy and delight for children. It’s also about the giving. How many of us remember toiling over a project at school meant to be given as a Christmas gift for our parents?  The pride attached to the process, completion of the task, as well as satisfaction when the recipient expressed sincere appreciation:

Oooooh…. an angel made from the Readers’ Digest. It’s perfect and I LOVE it!      


6a00e5509b40db88340120a76e856c970b-320wiThird grade was the year of the Readers’ Digest Angel.

DSCN8340Let’s see… second grade found me tying plastic strips (school received a supply closet full of plastic products donated by 3M that year) onto a coat hangar bent into a circle shape in Mrs. Butzer’s class.  We started well before Thanksgiving since we were tying strips the day the announcement came over the loudspeaker that President Kennedy had been shot – November 22, 1963.

imagesEveryone can use a decorative pencil can. This project worked for multiple Christmas seasons.

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My mouse traps never looked this cute. I recall spray painting them gold, probably before they banned lead in paint. Maybe that explains a few things, huh!

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Weaving  pot holders kept me busy and was  yet another practical item. My mom liked practical items.

bookmark1Felt, glue and hair clips were the essential materials needed to make handy bookmarks and were given to the piano and Sunday School teachers.  Those were the days we all read books that we held in our hands rather than electronic tablets, Kindles, Ipads and the like.  Again, mine weren’t this perfect but did include sequins so they sparkled.

These memories from childhood that pop into my head seem trivial, at best, but must have made an impact since they are still there. The feeling of pride from making a gift with my own hands and satisfaction with the process of giving apparently made a lasting impression on me.

Maybe it IS better to give than receive…?

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I’m so excited…!

O.K., so I’m getting into the Christmas spirit and it’s pouring over into my photography obsession.

How did I do this?  You’ll find the camera info below the image.

Christmas is for Children

Christmas is for Children

Canon 5D Mark 2
2 images blended:

Base image of Tree lights:   ISO 200 / shutter 1/15 / aperture 2.8 / braced on knees to hold steady without tripod

Little girl image taken in studio with Alien Bee lights:  ISO 160 / shutter 1/160 / aperture 5.6

Text added with Photoshop CS5 and border added using Kubota Actions

Yes!  I’m so excited that Christmas is almost here!

Even an old lady like me can get into the Christmas mood    (No, I haven’t gotten into the wine cellar yet today!)

Yes, Santa, I’ve been good!

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Mr. Smiley shares a tender moment with Santa.  It is interesting to observe the many reactions to the bearded gentleman in the red suit.  While this little guy is pleasantly amused by the encounter, some children scream with fright while others are puzzled by the whole experience.  To each their own.