PEPPERMINT SLIME AND MARSHMALLOW SNOWMEN
Every year I make name card holders for the grandchildren’s Christmas table. It makes dinner special as they find their assigned seat and what is holding their name.
This year I had a grand idea of using snowman ball ornaments on top of three candy canes and the loop of the candy cane would hold the name card. My grandson, Riley, is sooo excited about the holiday decorations, so I asked him if he would like to help me make them.
After a visit to Hobby Lobby in search of small candy canes, scouring the lights and decorations and a stop for lunch we went home to create!
We found the photo on my IPad of a similar idea and started unwrapping candy canes.
I thought it would be awesome.
Riley was skeptical.
It didn’t take long to realize that Elmer’s glue on candy canes creates something like peppermint slime. Who knew candy canes and glue don’t mix
My mind quickly began thinking of what I had in the house to improvise and save this disaster!
What will look like a snowman?
What will not melt with glue?
What will make me look a little less loser–like in the eyes of my grandson?
Well, when all else fails bring out marshmallows!
Big GIANT marshmallows!
I thought it would be awesome!
Riley, who by now had eaten enough candy canes to have rosy cheeks and watery eyes from a little too much peppermint, was still skeptical.
By the end of the afternoon we had used toothpicks and glue to attach the bodies, stood them on a base of red and green felt, gave them ribbon scarves and buttons. It wasn’t until I broke a toothpick in half and pushed arms in the first little puffy man that I saw Riley smile.
“Now, that is CUTE!” he said.
Wahoooo! We had snowmen!
Once again I had received a lesson in acceptance. My idea of the perfect card holder failed. It took a little flexibility to improvise a new concept.
They aren’t perfect.
But by the time Christmas dinner is ready the marshmallows will be hard as stone, standing strong with the name tags sitting in front of their fat bellies while my grandchildren laugh and compare who has the funniest snowman.
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Pennie’s Life Lesson- Holidays don’t have to be perfect. Flexibility in the process may turn out to be the best part of all.
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My intent in sharing this with you is to encourage you to release the expectation of perfection during this holiday time.
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