Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Dead Head

In the Halloween festivities I took part in as a child, death was something to be feared.  In Dia de los Muertos, death, or at least the memories of those who have died, is something to be celebrated - now THAT'S more like it!  One way of honoring the deceased is to make a sugar skull as a gift to place on an altar for the departed.  If you haven't started your sugar skulls you better get on it - there's no time to waste, Dia de los Muertos is coming up fast!  My daughter is obsessed with my late grandma Sylvia.  Sylvia passed away 20 years ago, therefore, she never got the chance to meet her and feels gypped as a result.  She thinks Sylvia is a soul mate of hers - it's adorable but disheartening when she cries because she can't see her - so, this year, I'm going to try something new.... we are going to make a sugar skull for Sylvia!  While we decorate our skulls, we'll reflect on all the happy memories I had with my grandma, I'll pull out pictures to show her and when we are finished we'll place our lovely confection on a small altar as an honorary gift to all our lost loved ones.  Sugar Skulls are loads of  fun for kids because they aren't morbid, they are fantastical and comical, colorful and cheerful.  You can order all the sugar skull supplies you will need from our local expert Angela at mexicansugarskull.com.  The picture above was borrowed from her site - she has a mountain of information about sugar skull making, Mexico, Dia de los Muertos, etc.  Check her out, then start getting wickedly crafty!

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