Archive for December 2013 | Monthly archive page
If ever there were a holiday where the buildup is just as exciting as the day itself, it would have to be Christmas. The whole month of December is rich in happy scenes that surround us – little “visual reminders” that the holidays are almost here! We asked our team to list their favorite signs of Christmas, and here are their (much edited!) results. What can we say…Christmas is a favorite around here. Don’t you agree?
1. Fresh Greens: From holly to pine, it’s so nice to bring the fresh fragrances of the outdoors in as we decorate for Christmas.
2. Candles Gleaming in the Window: Especially on a snowy night!
3. Decorating the tree and home: It’s fun to try something new each year, but we love our favorite ornaments of sentimental value, too.
4. Hot Cocoa: The perfect warming wintry drink. Especially with a few marshmallows on top!
5. Classic Movies and Cartoons: They start right after Thanksgiving, and we watch them all month long.
6. Bell ringers, food banks and toy drives: All are important reminders that it’s good to share your blessings.
7. Christmas Music: The hymns, the hits and the carols – they all compose the sweet soundtrack to the holidays.
8. Baking Christmas Cookies: We bake them to give – but a little “sample” here and there never hurt anyone!
9. City Street Lights: They’re the stuff Christmas songs are made of.
10. Candle-Lit Churches: Even more beautiful with a backdrop of snow.
Celebrate the season with us!
This year Kathy Davis Scatter Joy Gallery is hosting a spark-tacular display of glimmering snowflakes, hand-crafted by local children, both young and old. You and your family are invited to create snowflake magic! Our official snowflake crafting session will take place on Thursday, December 26th, from 2:00-5:00pm.
We will provide all the supplies you need to make the perfect snowflake. To keep you inspired, we’ll serve festive refreshments, including everyone’s favorite, hot chocolate & marshmallows. YUM! No crafting experience necessary. The beauty of snowflakes lies in that each one is unique! The official unveiling of the glimmering snowflakes will take place during our Fourth Friday Gallery Reception on Friday, December 27th, 5-7pm. The snowflakes will hang in our gallery for all to visit from December 27th through January 20th, 2014. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, December 26th, 2-5pmSnowflake Crafting Session
Friday, December 27th, 5-7pmWinter Flurries / Interactive Art Show
“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations,but look what they can do when they stick together!”-Anon
During this month where winter descends and our daylight hours are sparse, the gentle glow of light is something I love to celebrate. During our shorter days and long chilly nights I can’t seem to get enough warmth and light. Many evenings you will find me near a crackling fireplace with scented candles burning as I address my Christmas cards or wrap gifts… or just hang out with my husband and two big white pups. Celebrations surrounding Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, as well as the winter solstice, are all made more festive and illuminated by light that sparkles and shines with the season.
Wishing you a warm and luminous holiday!
one: Events:Wherever you live, you are certain to find festivals filled with the sparkle of the season! We are highlighting three wonderful celebrations—one in New York City, one in Columbus, Ohio and the third one in Hershey, Pennsylvania.Winter Solstice Concert at St. John the Divine, New York, NYEnjoy music, dance and renewal of spirit at the great turning point of the year. This cross-cultural performance within the awe-inspiring space of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine has become one of New York’s favorite holiday events (and a personal favorite of mine!). Winter solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year when we celebrate not only the rebirth of the sun, but also the community of life on earth. Bring home the sun at this New York City spectacle!
Light: Bruce Munro at Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH Bruce Munro’s imaginative and innovative light-based works create a captivating evening experience. Ten installations illuminate the Conservatory with additional works on view. Experience this special engagement at its most magical hour during a nighttime visit.
Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey, PA This winter wonderland is illuminated by nearly 600 animated displays. Enjoy from the comfort of your car as you travel through two miles of wooded trails. A great holiday tradition for families, the spirit of the holidays in Hershey glows brighter than ever!
two: DIY: Cityscape Luminaries While luminaries have a long, multicultural history, their purpose is very simple—lighting the way in the dark of winter. A Nest for All Seasons has a great DIY tutorial on how to make these Cityscape Luminaries.
three: Kids Art: Crayon Color Block Candles Whether you’re looking for a fun way to make gifts or an activity for kids, head over to Brit + Co. for a really fun tutorial on how to make color block candles from crayons (a great way to recycle, too!)
four: Products: GlassybabyGlassybaby is a company that makes glass votives by hand in more than four hundred colors. Not only are each of these votives beautifully unique, they also contribute to a good cause. Creator and founder Lee Rhodes, who battled lung cancer, started Glassybaby as a way to spread hope and give back money from sales to help cancer patients. In 2011, Glassybaby had donated more than $600,000 to various charities, and Rhodes has stated that the goal is to donate 10% of all sales to charities.
five: Charity: One Million Lights One Million Lights is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the daily lives of children and adults around the world by providing clean and healthy lighting. Their goal is to distribute 1,000,000 solar lights to replace dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps. To find out how you can donate or become involved in this great organization, visit One Million Lights’ website.