The Christmas Candle 12/24

       In Victorian times, candles represented good will for those less fortunate and were placed in windows December 25 to January 6 to welcome any passerby needing shelter and food.      Certain beliefs were attached to candles. Some people believed the flames from the burning candles frightened away evil spirits during the darkest days […]

Christmas Wreath 12/23

 Why do we use wreaths in our holiday decorations, and where did this tradition begin? The term “Wreath”, curiously enough, is linked to our word “Wrist”, with both terms forming a continuous physical circular shape. It also came from Middle English’s “wrethe”, meaning a twisted band or ring of leaves or flowers in a garland. […]

Wooden Shoes 12/22

In Holland, boys and girls put out their wooden shoes filled with hay and carrots for Sinterklaas’  horse.  If they have been good, they awake to find their shoes filled with candy and toys,  If not, they will get only switches in their shoe. This was a fun ornament.  I shaped the shoe and the […]

Christmas Angel 12/21

And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for I bring you tidings of great joy!  Unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” This angel is made from scraps and 2 coffee filters . Flatten both filters and fold one in half and one in […]

Christmas Bells 12/20

Bells announced the birth of a savior and continue today to remind us.  “I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old familiar Carols play, and wild and sweet, their words repeat of Peach on Earth Good Will to Men.” Wanting something a little different, I cut the top off of a plastic soda bottle, […]

Holly 12/19

  Holly is known for its vibrant red color, which stands out against the starkness of winter. But did you know that it’s also associated with males and is considered to bring men good luck and protection; the female counterpart to holly is ivy. A famous English Christmas carol, “The Holly and the Ivy,” uses […]

A Partridge in a Pear Tree 12/18

We’ve all sung the looooong 12 days of Christmas song, but did you know there is a special meaning for every symbol?  While I’m not going to do an ornament for every one of the 12 days, I did like the partridge.   The link below takes you to the hidden meaning behind each of the […]

Misltetoe 12/ 17

  It wasn’t until the 18th or 19th centuries, that the British started hanging mistletoe as part of Christmas celebrations. In an 1820 story, Washington Irving described Christmas decorations that included “the mistletoe, with its white berries, hung up, to the imminent peril of all the pretty housemaids. Charles Dickens paints a scene of mass […]

Two Turtle Doves 12/16

  There are several legends about the two turtle doves, but my favorite is the one from the movie, “Home Along”  We are told that the turtle doves represent friendship and love and you give one to a very special friend and keep the other one for yourself.  As long as each person has a […]

The Christmas Star 12/15

The story of the Christmas star is known by everyone, the night Jesus was born, a new star appeared in the heavens and led everyone to the child in the manger.  Unfortunately, my pictures for folding this star were lost, but this link has step by step easy to follow instructions. Once the star was […]