In the At Home with Martin & Sylvia story, “Winter Dreams”, in Martin and Sylvia’s house, winter is a time rich in magic and wonder. Everything slows down, and a lot more time is spent looking at books and snuggling by the fire.
After a conversation about cozy sleep and dreaming, Mama suggests that the family compare their dreams one morning. Brother and sister later marvel at how their dreams actually come true in strange and unexpected ways.
Whether you call them “resolutions” or “intentions” or even plain old “wishes”, New Year's is a time to dream a little. Scribbling down thoughts in a fresh notebook, picking and displaying a theme word, sitting down with a cup of tea and a stack of garden catalogs—January is such a perfect time to really nail down your hopes for the coming busier seasons.
One way we've started celebrating some of those January dreams is with flying wish paper.
If you've never seen it before, it's delightful! You write your wish on a special thin paper, roll it into a tube, and light the top edge on fire. The paper will burn down for a minute, but then it flies up into the sky, carrying your wish with it.
The first year we did it, I was a little concerned about lighting the paper on fire inside the house. Obviously, you should use common-sense precautions, but we've done this several times inside now and our house is still standing. (If you're still nervous, it's a good idea to do a “test” lighting outside so that you can see what the paper is going to do before you try it in the house.)
While you can buy wish paper commercially, it's so easy to DIY that it's hardly worth the trouble to track down a place to purchase it from. If you've got a few tea bags on hand, you're all set. Here's how you make it.
DIY Flying Wish Paper
Small screwdriver or staple remover
A small plate
Use a small screwdriver or staple remover to carefully pull the staple out of the top of each tea bag.
You should now have a thin paper tube. Use the markers to decorate the tube any way you like.
You can write words or draw pictures and symbols—whatever best represents your wishes and dreams for the coming year.
When you're finished, it's time for the fire. Stand the paper tube up on the plate, and use a match to carefully light the top rim.
The paper will burn normally for a minute, but then—right at the last—it will fly up, dramatically carrying your dreams and hopes and wishes into the sky.
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The Sparkle Kitchen Series is created by Meryl Carver-Allmond.
Meryl lives in a hundred year old house near the prairie with her sweet husband, two pre-schoolers, one puppy, one gecko, and about ten chickens. While she's been writing since she could pick up a pen, in recent years she's discovered the joy of photography, too. She feels lucky to be able to combine those skills, along with a third passion--showing people that cooking for themselves can be healthy and fun--in her weekly Sparkle Kitchen posts.
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