Discovering the challenges of homemade Christmas crafts


December 10, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SUN STAFF

I CAN'T BELIEVE you did this again," my sister sighed as she bandaged my thumb. "I thought we had removed all the hot-glue guns from the house."

It was all those craft shows, I explained. Everywhere I looked I saw "unique holiday decorations and gift ideas." I figured, how difficult could this be?

"Obviously it was difficult enough to cause a second-degree burn," she noted, pulling on a pine cone accidentally glued to my hair.

"First I think we need to address your obvious lack of talent in this arena," my sister said. "Then we need to determine why you felt the world needed one of these."

She held up an angel dressed in gold lame, nylon net and a pipe-cleaner halo. Originally intended to go on top of the tree, its future use as a toilet-paper cover seemed more probable.

"Just because something can be made doesn't mean it should be made," she observed as she scanned my purchases.

"Tell me, aren't you concerned the proliferation of 'Santa Stop Here' signs will create an underclass of children forced to rely on verbal abuse to garner any attention from the jolly old elf?" she asked.

"Where is the appropriateness of a Nativity scene made from clothespins?"

She paused, then added softly, "As a society do we want our mothers wearing sweat shirts emblazoned with 'I love BINGO'?"

Just then, my sister caught sight of a snowman, constructed entirely of crushed Diet Coke cans.

"Oh, how darling!!! Can we make one?" she gushed.

It's all in the eye of the beholder, Glen Burnie.

Snow Ball returns

Glen Burnie High School's snowmen and snowwomen are welcome to attend a "Snow Ball" from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Sponsored by the GBHS chapter of the National Honor Society, the semiformal dance is the first the school has had since the Snow Balls of the 1970s, said committee chairperson Stella Hwang.

"One day we were in the yearbook club looking through old yearbooks and we saw pictures of the Snow Ball from the '70s. [The Honor Society] was going to have a dance, so we thought we'd try this," she said.

Assisting Hwang on the dance committee are April Namsiriwan, Brok McFerron, Shashona Blake, Linda Krebs, Staci McGonigal, Janice Custodio, Jen Ellison, Velma Nwosu, Jen Walker and Lisa Graziano.

Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door.

For ticket information, call the school office at 410-761-8950.

Dance performances

Patrons of Marley Station mall are in for a holiday treat when members of Glen Burnie High School's Dance Company present "A Very Special Christmas" at 6 p.m. Saturday in the mall's center court.

Under the direction of teacher Dianne Rosso, the students will perform a variety of dance styles including tap, lyrical, jazz, hip hop and ballet.

The members of the company are: Jill Emerson, Carissa Gresham, Jane Horne, Melissa Jordon, Katherine Knight, Stephanie Knight, Robin Lewis, Melissa McEnaney, Terri Moyer, Jamie Newman, Tammy Noe, Michelle Parsons, Jackie Parton, Stephanie Pratt, Susan Sperduto and Danielle Wijangco.

Blood drive

Members of the Church of the Good Shepherd ask residents to consider donating blood this holiday season at the church's semiannual blood drive, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 1451 Furnace Ave.

For information, call 410-760-6520.

Pub Date: 12/10/97

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