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When I was a child in the 50's (I'm sooo old!) my parents would frequently take us all window shopping. Does anyone know what window shopping is anymore?
I used to think that we were just too poor to afford anything, and we were, but in hind-sight, it was a way my parents could enjoy a good walk, provide an outing for us kids and make plans or dream.
We always went out on Sunday mornings before the stores opened. I imagine that kept the whining and begging factor by the children to a minimum.
Wikipedia defines "Window shopping" as browsing with no intent to purchase, either as a recreational activity or to plan a later purchase. Today we call this activity "Snowflaking".
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With the invention and proliferation of credit and credit cards, the art of window somehow died out to be replaced by impulse shopping reinforced by easy credit applications at every cash register combined with constant encouragement to buy, buy, buy from the media. These days you can't even watch the news without seeing at least one paid "fake news" story promoting a product.
Children have no role models for moderation with most parents up to their eyeballs in credit card debt. The airwaves are filled to overflowing with excitible, wild eyed, overly happy characters who lead us to believe the only way to achieve happiness is to follow suit. We are told it is bad, bad, bad, to stereotype and profile yet virtually every commercial message does exactly that with skillful usage of psychological studies in human behavior.
I think we need to encourage window shopping again.
If people would take one day a week and just leave the credit cards and cash at home and just practice walking the malls with no intention (or method) to buy, eventually we could retrain our brains to listen to our slow thinking instead of constantly reacting to our fast thinking. And, not only that, window shopping will extract us from our easy chairs, give us some exercise and a break from the infernal squawk box.
Here are just a few suggestions how to display your growing collection of paper snowflakes.
- Paper and other types of materials you may have on hand but never thought about using for home made snowflakes
- Snowflake Christmas Cards
- Party Invitations
- Make a blizzard of paper ornaments and winter decorations
- Snow(flake) Mobiles
- chains - use the cut-away portion of the snowflake pattern to create colorful paper chain hanging decorations
- Make stencils for painting or etching
- Create snowflake collages on your windows
- Remember, Snowflake patterns can be used year round, not only at Christmas time
- Printable color book snowflakes, or those who cannot use scissors
- Use Paper gift Wrap's multi-colored gift wrap paper with the snowflake folding patterns and hang pretty snow flakes from the ceiling, in the windows and doorways
- Wipe patterns with lemon oil to create a translucent effect and tape paper snowflakes to the windows to let the light shine through
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