'Tis The Seasons

Holidays bring out creativity all around us no matter what the season. This certainly came to mind when we first saw this garage “monster face”. Our first thoughts were, “Wow, cool! Wish we had thought of that.” Our next thought was, “Hmmmm.” Then we immediately started thinking about another version. This is the place where all creativity begins – something catches your eye and jumpstarts your thinking on to the next version of the idea. Click on the the monster below and watch the magic begin!

What Are The Reasons

So we stopped to think for a moment, “What is it about holidays that inspires some of the more noticeable creative creations in our homes and neighborhoods?” Well, there are certainly many of the ingredients needed for bursts of creativity associated with our major holiday celebrations. Let’s stay with the Halloween theme to take a closer look.

Magical Thoughts: children’s stories, fairy tales, ghosts stories, and scary tales

Merriment Celebrations: happy, playful attitudes and outlooks when trick-or-treating

Inspirational Themes: bold orange and black colors with witchy creatures flying around

Attitude Adjustments: “permission” to be fun, wild & crazy with costume designs and home decorations

Holiday Humor: whimsical and joyful thoughts

Q: “Why don’t ghosts like rain on Halloween? A: “It dampens their spirits.”

Holiday Movies: “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, “Frankenstein”, and “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”

Temporary “Fake” Environment

When a holiday arrives it often feels like it comes with it’s own temporary, new environment. And interestingly enough, it causes us to all move into new patterns of thinking and creating. You might describe it as a screen or curtain being pulled down over the real world of everyday happenings. This “other place” brings with it the decoration and celebration expectations.

Freedom to be Creative

Holidays are an excellent time to let go of mental constraints and let your creativity roll. And don’t we all love driving around the neighborhood and seeing all kinds of fun and stimulating changes in the unique and kinda’ weird ideas that come up around Halloween and other holidays?  And of course there’s usually one or two that really go over the top and knock our socks off. Here’s one last photo of a “magical monster making” moment we dug out of our old albums to share with you.

Creativity Tip of the Week: See What Happens

Our challenge to you is to bring a “creative holiday attitude” into your homes and classrooms every day. Let children and students see you modeling your own creativity on a daily basis. Make a space for materials and inspirational pictures to encourage creative explorations. Remember it’s both what you say and what you do!

The Most Important Thing:

  • Humor and creativity are closely connected
  • What you say and what you do are equally important
  • Modeling is an incredible change maker
  •  Holiday spirits encourage creativity

“Be brave enough to live life creatively.

What you will discover will be wonderful.

What you will discover will be yourself.”

~ Alan Alda