Archive for Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa’s Workshop

December 23, 2010

Have you ever had a workshop?

When I was a little kid, before grade school I thought it would be the most wonderful thing in the world if I could have my own workshop and the tools to make anything I wanted.

When I was 8 or 9, dad fixed up a place in the garage where his four boys could make all sorts of gadgets. We were supplied with a little jigsaw so we could cut shapes out of wood. We had all colors of paint and everything a little workshop would need. We made marble games, wooden toys, wooden trains, you name it.

I can remember my older brother, Tom, made a complete miniature set of kitchen furniture and gave it to a cousin for a wedding present. Tom was probably 11 or 12 years old at the time.

I think everyone, regardless of age, has his or her own area of space to do something special, be it sewing, needlepoint, knitting or crocheting for girls or grandmas or building type toys for boys or grandpas. Some of us enjoy reading a good book, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

Now all of our children and grandchildren have their special “workshops” and are creative in building or fixing something.

Most everyone we know seems to have a built-in need to keep busy, and it is called the “Creative Call” Creativity is not about receiving attention; it is about gaining and sharing a new view, a new angle, a new insight.

I found that in 1932, when I was 4 years old, there was a Walt Disney animated cartoon about Santa’s Workshop. Watching this now was so amazing to me, and I think our kids are missing so much for not having the chance to see it as we as kids did at the movies. But now thanks to the Internet, all these original cartoons can be seen, and I think parents and teachers should encourage children of all ages to see this. Good luck and have fun.

Merry Christmas from my house to yours.

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