Monthly Archives: December 2012

Christmas Nostalgia

Sometimes when I watch the old Christmas movies where the set and plot are simple and wonderful and the story is not constructed around a glitched text that causes the hero to miss his love at Christmas, I wish we could go back in time during the holidays. Real live sleigh rides, bundled-up caroling, drinking wassail (who even knows what wassail is anymore!?) around a fire where actual logs are burning… it sounds so dreamy. Even though I might get sick of it within a few days, I still want to try.
It got me thinking about homemade things, namely Christmas decor. Here are a few to sample. Maybe this year you should try something homemade too? It’s kind of fun to go ‘back in time’ and use your creativity with a bit of a Christmas facilitation to help!

Little Rudolf I made in 2nd grade. We have to glue new antlers on every year, but it's worth it!

Little Rudolf I made in 2nd grade. We have to glue new antlers on every year, but it’s worth it!

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Years ago, my sister made and sold these candy canes, turned reindeer, turned Christmas ornaments/party favors. They are still so fun and easy to make!

Got to love all the uses for a light bulb! It's amazing what googly eyes can do!

Got to love all the uses for a light bulb! It’s amazing what plastic googly eyes can do!

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New York, The Catalyst

Recently a few friends and I took a spontaneous adventure to New York City. I had always wanted to see it all dressed up for the holidays and when a friend needed a ride to JFK, it was the perfect opportunity. We didn’t have much time, but in NYC, you can do A LOT in 14 hours! The¬†High Line (a new personal favorite), Brunching in Soho, a quick trip to the photo booth at the cozy Warby Parker store, the Rockefeller tree (and 1 million people!), relaxing to warm drinks on a Bison hide in the Ace Hotel catch-all lobby, decorated shop windows and holiday markets wrapped up with a dusky stroll in Central Park made for some pretty inspiring notions.

I found myself saying “Why does New York corner the market on all the cool and creative stuff?!” Of course, DC is opening up to this and Seattle’s Gas Works Park and the bridge guarding Ogre are points for their stellar stock; while Philly’s house of bottles and hidden Bat Cave entrance nicely contrast the wisdom of the Liberty Bell. But I think New York’s eccentricities are so consolidated that you are confronted with a new thought and spark of creative prerogative at every intersection.

I want DC to feel like that. Perhaps not in the same grungy garage-band way Seattle does it, but with our own personality. Amidst the marble and remarkable Roman styling, we should find ways to add more of our own (often squelched) creative flair. Reusing old decrepit structures, adding more sculpture and installation art to parks and public transit, continuing to expand our art fairs and events like Nuit Blanche and Figment DC; these things are important for our city and how we interact with them is important for our inner-person. We can have spiritual experiences everywhere we go- inspired by a single leaf in the air or a statue of immense proportion climbing out of the beach reminding us of the pain and struggle of rebirth. So let’s help DC out… go get your art on.