The Skipper and I have decided to start a new family tradition, making our own Christmas decorations. I’m calling our ‘boat made’ decorations, ‘fancy pants Christmas decorations’.
My talented Aunt used to make her own Christmas decorations when we were kids, so with this in mind, Orbit and I headed off to the shops. I wasn’t sure what we would find, so adopted a ‘let see how it goes’ approach. It was a case of seeing what we could find at the shops and letting our creative ideas flow. We would hopefully find happiness in the creative process as well as the outcome.
Happiness was easy to find in the first step of the process, shopping. Not from spending money or the joy of being in air conditioning, but from the joy in Orbit’s face when riding in the trolley and his sense of achievement when he is able to do the safety belt up by himself.
Happiness was also easy to find when we got back to Medina with our shopping bag full of creative goodness. Orbit was content for at least 20 minutes as he focused on taking his new crayons and felt tip pens out of their boxes and putting them in his new pencil case. He would then take them of the pencil case and put them back in their boxes, then back in the pencil again, having a little laugh to himself each time the transfer was completed.
Orbit continued to find happiness in drawing with his new crayons, drawing big circles and making dots were his a favourite. He also enjoyed sticking on the ‘boat made’ stickers and discovering pipe cleaners. I was surprised at how easily he could insert the pipe cleaners into the holes in the decorations. Although the pipe cleaners were a snug fit in the hole, he managed to thread each one, a smile of satisfaction with each completed decoration.
It has taken us nearly two weeks to make the fancy pants Christmas decorations. We’ve been working within the limits of our creative and concentration spans – not pushing either of us, so we both found happiness in the process rather than pushing to achieve the task to a timeline (lucky we started early!). Some days we ‘worked’ for 5 minutes other days we worked for nearly an hour, creating our decorations through trial and error.
Orbit keeps relocating the pants boutique Christmas decorations, so they keep him occupied and challenged after we have finished making them, they just keep on giving happiness.
Medina is looking more ready for Christmas. We do have store bought Christmas decorations, but I prefer our fancy pants Christmas decorations. I think it is the joy and happiness of making them with Orbit that makes them more special. I am looking forward to adding to our Christmas decorations next year and I hope Orbit is too!