'Tis the Season for Snowflakes

We have had a tradition going back many years to create paper snowflakes at Christmas time.  Other than the snowflakes, we have a Christmas tree with ornaments, some paper streamers, and bunting on the stairs.  In other words, we aren’t contributing too heavily to the commercialism around Christmas.

I especially enjoy the snowflakes and typically make a dozen or more each year.  We put them on all of our front windows at home and I place them on the windows at work, when I have a window.  As you can see from the gallery below, which are this year’s first cut-out flakes, I don’t try to be too traditional when I fold and cut.  I don’t appear to use any common folding techniques.  For some of them, I use an origami method (the first steps are similar to those for creating a paper crane) and for others I just fold triangles until I get down to the right number of layers.  It is fun to try new patterns and remind myself anew each year which parts shouldn’t be cut!

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.