When I was a kid, one of the things we did in school and/or at home was make paper snowflakes to hang in the windows or to string from the celing or in general stick them anywhere we thought they'd brighten the place up. This was of course all part of getting ready for the holidays. Snowflakes were associated with the holidays.
After Christmas they would all come down along with the rest of the holiday decorations. By then people were tired of winter and didn't want to be reminded there were still (at least back east and in the midwest) a couple more motnhs of winter weather ahead.
Making paper snowflakes was and still is a very creative endeavor. Folding into triangles, cutting slits and holes that when the paper was unfolded became part of the fanciful design of the snowflake. Like real snowflakes, it was rare that eny two were exactly alike.
One other thing I remember about making paper snowflakes in class is the lesson that went along with it. We were reminded that we were all like snowflakes. We were unique individuals who only come along once and then melt away into history just like the snows of winter. A heavy thought for young minds, but the point eventually was taken in as we snipped another snowflake to hang on the Christmas tree.
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