Alexander is totally obsessed with the Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer tv movie. It is the epitome of Christmas holiday fun for him, especially since he’s become aware. I remember watching it every year when I was a kid. I also remember watching it the year I’d found out. I was so upset and it made me angry. But more than that, I was sad. I know he’s having a hard time with this new found knowledge. He says it’s the worst year ever. THE WORST EVER! I can only hope it is. I know that it’s a big deal when you find out, a moment you will remember for the rest of your life. It’s a shift from little kid to big and things start to change after that. There’s a part of me that hopes this is the hardest thing he ever deals with in his life.
I’m doing my best to make this year special. I let the boys decorate the tree by themselves. They did an amazing job and used all 3000 ornaments we’ve gathered over the years. The garland went on last, which creates an interesting effect. Having it strung in vertical lines really draws attention to the height of the tree. See, I never would have thought of that. The ornaments are also organized according to color and importance. So all the blue ones are in one area and the best ornaments are at the top. Rounding out our holiday theme is Rudolph being on as much as I can stand. A couple of the songs make terrific ear worms, so we have to be careful there. I’ve started to look at the movie with my creative goggles on and came up with this idea for a doily forest.
Start with a selection of paper doilies in different sizes. I found a mix of Wilton doilies at the Wallyworld that was nearly perfect.
Cut them in half and then in to 150-90 degree angles. I like the effect of having them open more towards the top, so I start with the 90 at the bottom and then go up to the 150 at the top. Just have fun and don’t worry about being exact. You can fudge it a lot when you glue.
Lay the doily down and apply glue to the right inside edge. I found that because I am right handed, it’s easier for me to make a cone with the glue on this side. If you are left handed, you should probably try the other side.
Roll the cut doily into a cone shape with the glue on the outside flap. Try and do this in one motion because it gets harded to work with the more you mess with it. Use a closed ball point pen or something to that effect to get inside the cone tip and secure the sides together.
Set up your doily forest in the background. Create a cast of characters from the Rudolph movie, as Alexander did here using Legos. You can see Santa, Clarice, Rudolph, Hermey, Bumble, and the sleigh all packed up and ready to go.
Then watch as the sleigh takes flight with Rudolph leading the way. Alexander wants to wish you all a Merry Christmas. May it not be the worst one ever.