Children make Christmas ornaments at mall


December 18, 1992|By Maureen Rice | Maureen Rice,Contributing Writer

What do cotton balls, construction paper, glue, felt-tip markers and children have in common?

They make nice Christmas tree ornaments.

At least, the children use the rest to make the ornaments, and they did so at the Carrolltowne Mall on an otherwise uneventful Saturday afternoon.

"We tried to make some ornaments with children, which they could also make at home, with things that are usually found there," said Steffany Strand, assistant marketing director for Rappaport Management Co., the firm that manages the mall.

"And we were trying to use materials which are recyclable, or might otherwise end up in the trash."

In a large, otherwise empty storefront with pink walls, a smiling plastic foam snowman and an artificial tree, about a dozen children and their parents made chains to decorate the tree, a Santa's face with a cotton-ball beard, and "snowflakes" that look remarkably like those an adult might produce.

"The parents seemed to enjoy it, too," said Ms. Strand. "They made a game of it."

Indeed, you could see the young minds digesting the wisdom of using a triangle cut for the snowflake rather than trying for a circle.

"We cut the snowflakes out," said Patrick Cullop, 4, with great pride, "and that's a triangle."

The snowflake was his favorite, but he waxed lyrical about his Santa face.

"We put the cotton balls on, and on top of everything we put his hat," he said with finality.

Haley Boyd, 3, was also impressed with her creations. "I made the snowflake and Santa Claus and put the links together with friends," she said shyly.

"We try to keep this a family mall by having enough children's activities that families are comfortable coming here," said Ms. Strand.

"This year, we are concentrating on environmental themes -- this program is part of our 'Celebrate an Evergreen Christmas' idea."

In addition to Santa Claus' annual visits to hear children's wish lists this holiday season, the mall management arranged with Rolling Hill Farm and Gardens to sell 24-inch white pines to promote the "Evergreen Christmas" theme.

"Part of the proceeds will be donated to the National Arbor Day Foundation," said Ms. Strand, so people can help the environment by purchasing -- and presumably planting -- the young trees.

The nursery also donated a live tree, which is on display at the mall. The tree will be planted at the Eldersburg Library in a Jan. 2 ceremony.

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