The holidays are a time when your own creativity can shine forth! What is it you do well? Cooking? Crafting? Writing? Any talent you have can be translated into a special gift for someone you love. And really, what gift will they remember the most fondly in years to come? Something you put your heart and soul into, that’s what!
One of my most treasured Christmas gifts is a little book of poetry written in a notebook and given to me by my 16 year old son years ago. He is an accomplished artist to this day, writing and performing his original songs.
Which is another point…encourage your children to be “makers.” When you think of your child as an artist, it allows him or her to grow into their own unique ability. Not everyone will make art a career, but I can practically guarantee that the act of creating something with their own hands will be a source of joy as they grow into adulthood.
This holiday season would be a good time to supply your children with clay, paper, crayons, glitter…whatever it is they enjoy. Maybe they can start by making cards for your closest relatives. Or even gifts for family members.
I am a firm believer that all of us are artists, but it’s easiest to see this in children.
For example, my eight-year-old granddaughter loves to climb trees, hold bugs and pet strange dogs. But…she has a creative side that all her family encourages, being a whiz at entertaining her family with self-created gymnastic moves and an unbelievable ability to memorize poems about dragons and all the president’s names in order. I wouldn’t be surprised if this entertaining little imp is on the stage someday.
I digress! You know how grandmothers are…
Back to my point of creativity and the holidays. What could you make for your friends and family? Of course cookies are always appreciated. You could even decorate some little boxes to send them off in, and those beautiful containers could be used for other things once the goodies are gone.
Give the gift of creativity to yourself and your family this holiday season. Making is like any “muscle.” You have to use it to keep it strong.
Now, if you would like to support an artist who makes her living with her art, The Magic Zoo is here to help! But…just remember that you are an artist too!