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Sunday
Dec012013

Creative Thinking Prompt #29

In the “Grow Creativity!” article, Candace Hackett Shively shares four aspects of creativity: fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. This article had me hooked from the beginning:

The world needs creative thinkers, scientists, engineers, leaders, and contributing workers. yet research repeatedly shows creativity is schooled out of us. 

The Creative Thinking Challenge prompts focus on areas in all of these aspects and use ideas inspired by many different sources.

I would love for you to participate …

  • even if you don’t think you are very creative
  • the point of these prompts is to get the creative juices flowing 
  • even if that only means letting small ideas begin to trickle out

I find that I get lots of new ideas from looking at the things others have done … and I bet we all interpret the prompts in unique ways.

The best part is that you get to choose how you want to respond to this prompt. And there is no deadline. Prompts are posted at the beginning and middle of each month (most of the time)!

(I post past prompts on the Creative Thinking tab at the top of my blog)

If you have an idea for a Creative Thinking Prompt, please let me know!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Traditions with a Twist

Traditions are a common theme around this time of year …

At least they are for me

Why does Creative Thinking come to mind when I think of Traditions?

What do you think of when you think about traditions?

I guess a tradition is something that happens at the same time of year (normally around a holiday) …

But even though it happens on a regular basis, it doesn’t always have to be the same ..

Growing up, I remember the family gathering at my grandparent’s house on Christmas Eve afer we attended the Moravian Lovefeast. We brought food and just snacked while we talked and the kids opened gifts.

The Christmas after my grandfather passed away, I don’t think my grandmother wanted to do the same thing. My dad was in the hospital that Christmas awaiting surgery the day after Christmas. In all the chaos that was happening around me, I felt like I needed some normal … some tradition.

I decided to open up my house for Christmas Even the next year for the family … it was still that tradition but only in a new way.

I normally (I guess traditionally) fix mashed potatoes when family comes over for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Even though I fix the same thing, I like to try making it in different ways …

One year I used my Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker in the microwave (I call it the Magic Pot) and added a bit of cauliflower using the Hungry Girl recipe (which is soooo not me) …

This year I looked at a Pioneer Woman recipe and used the ingredients she listed, but when I tried to follow the recipe exactly, I found that I did not have a potato masher handy, so I changed up the steps to make it work for what I had …

In some ways that could be seen as tradition but in a new/slightly altered way …

I love Christmas decorations …

And I have lots and lots …

Decorating the tree and trying to make it look just right has been somewhat of a tradition for me …

This year my 7 year old daughter was so excited about the tree and the decorations that I decided to let her do it all …

I said that last year too but I went back and rearranged things a little after she went to bed …

I sat and watched this year with a promise to myself that I will not go behind her and change it …

I think it is a reflection of my daughter and her excitement …

There is another new tradition or a tradition with a new twist …

So that is the Creative Thinking Challenge ..

Do a tradition with a twist …

Start a new tradition …

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