Advent Calendar: Snowflakes in the Bay Area

Advent Calendar: Snowflakes in the Bay Area

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(Day 9 of the Advent Calender of Christmas Memories:  Grab Bag)

At my first job with the County Library system, I worked with a elderly woman.  She was all business, no play–very serious.  She was a former member of the military who took everything seriously.

You can imagine my surprise when I learned a week before Christmas one year that she was hiding a secret talent.  She could make 8 pointed paper snowflakes.  Somewhere in the back of my brain, I remembered making paper snowflakes as a kid.  I’ll be damned if I could remember how to fold them by the time I reached my twenties!

One day I approached her to ask her about the snowflakes.  In her businesslike manner, she told me that there was only one way to make proper snowflakes.  Then she showed me.

Since then, I have made paper snowflakes every December.  I’ve even shown my nieces and nephew how to fold them correctly so they can make proper snowflakes.  It doesn’t always work that way.  One year my niece who was about 4 at the time proudly unfolded her snowflakes…which looked alot like the paper covers you put on public toilet seats 😉

I’m played around with the folds and the way I cut them.  Here are a couple of snowflakes I am particularly proud of…




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2 thoughts on “Advent Calendar: Snowflakes in the Bay Area

  1. Thanks Janet! I never really know what they will end up as. Half the fun is the unfolding and seeing the pattern emerge.

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