Snow globes: one of the oldest Christmas collectibles still popular today. Did you know when snow globes were first created, their composition was comprised of a heavy lead glass dome and its contents, the snow or "flitter," was created by use of bone chips or pieces of porcelain, sand or even sawdust. As time went on, their design became more sophisticated, lighter and the interior liquid was changed to light oil, then water with antifreeze (glycerin or glycol). The glycerin and glycol worked well to slow the descent of the snow. Today's snow globes have evolved to include music boxes, moving parts, internal lights, and even electric motors that make the "snow" move so that it is no longer necessary to shake the globe. Each year, we have a very special, specific and musical snow globe that is placed as a centerpiece in my parent’s home with a very unique significance. When my mother was young, she always took a liking to music boxes and snow globes, old ones, she enjoyed their evolving intricacies and found each very special and unique. On her 21st Christmas and 3rd with my father, she was given a musical snow globe. When she turned it over to wind it up for music, low and behold was the engagement ring that started the first page of the rest of her life! The musical snow globe will always hold a special place in my heart.
Why am I sharing this story with you? Well… This weekend at THE AVENUE, we will have our very own snow globe and it’s YOUR chance to make it special! One snow globe will be big enough for you or you and your family to have your photo taken inside, and one snow globe is for kids to make!
Photographers will be on-site from noon-4pm to take a photo of you and whomever you wish inside the Human Snow globe and also supply a photo to take home with you. Also, in Santa’s Workshop, from noon-4pm, kids can make a snow globe ornament for hanging on the tree, both activities compliments of the Merchants at THE AVENUE at White Marsh.
The weather forecast is looking beautiful, hope to see you there… Magical Memories are Waiting to be made at THE AVENUE at White Marsh!
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