What better way to keep your holiday season fresh and lively than to start a new tradition?
Bebe Gianakos is teaching anyone who wants to learn to make new Christmas ornaments, using clay.
"It's a wonderful way to just sit and manipulate the clay and relax and talk," said Gianakos. "It takes a few minutes to get into the clay, but once you get into it, it's almost mesmerizing. You're sitting there playing with the clay and conversation just begins."
You can use your imagination and encourage children to use theirs. Gianakos says it's also the perfect time to bring together family and friends.
If you don't know how to do it, no worries. Gianakos teaches classes and will teach you how to shape and piece together the clay so it works just right.
"This workshop is helping us raise money so that we can put it into the Meridian Artists Co-op Gallery's outreach program," Gianakos said. "Every year I pull the ornaments out and put my Christmas tree up; every one of them reminds me of something."
This is just another way to build new holiday memories.
"It pulls you together, and you've got a memory once you've done it," said Gianakos. "Then you want to do it again. 'Let's do that again, remember last Christmas?' You'll have good memories."