Growing up in the late sixties and early seventies, we all looked forward to the once-a-year Christmas specials. Long before Netflix and DVRs, if you wanted to see a Christmas special you had to be in front of a TV at 7:30 pm sharp. We didn’t always have a TV so we would often watch at a friend’s.
My favorite Christmas specials included How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the iconic A Charlie Brown Christmas. I related to Charlie Brown’s underdog status. I went to school with unkind girls like Lucy. But the real joy came from the wonderful scenes with the ever-confident Snoopy and Woodstock. Snoopy’s scenes, animated to Guaraldi’s extraordinary music, are what made it special.
So when I decided to reprise my snow globe this year, Snoopy and Woodstock made it to center stage.
Several years ago, my friend Marcia gave the boys an acrylic globe. We’ve used it as a terrarium for a while till the plants outgrew it. Another year we filled it with round, silk ornaments. It’s also beautiful unadorned.
Two years ago I made my first snow globe with Snow-in-a-can, a gift from my friend Kelly.
This year I filled the bottom of the globe with a scrap of poly fiberfill. I added a piece of cardboard cut to size. For some added sparkle, I covered the cardboard with a piece of iridescent cellophane I saved from last year. It once wrapped a plate of brownies from a friend. It reminds me of ice under a sunny sky.
I opened a packet of Snow-in-a-can, added water and voila. I rolled a few tiny hobby shop trees in the snow to set the scene.
Santa’s sleigh came together using a pair of felted stickers.
Our darling snowman is one of the tiny ornaments we bought our first year of marriage. His scarf is a gift from Kelly.
Here is the snow globe all put together. Now sit back and enjoy the falling snow, brought to us by WordPress this time of year.*
*WordPress should figure out a snow alternative for our blogging friends in the Southern Hemisphere.