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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Bird’s Nest 12/14

It is said, that the person who finds a bird’s nest in their Christmas tree, will have good luck through out the coming year.   I started with several strands of raffia, sprayed it with some adhesive and then worked it into the shape of a bird’s nest. (wear some disposable plastic gloves and the […]

Christmas Bees 12/13

Appalachian Christmas lore inspired this Bee Hive ornament; The Bees hum from dusk until dawn, some say they sing the 100th hymn.  They swarm out at midnight on old Christmas. I  had two bee skep halves in my stash of Scrapbooking supplies.  I glued them together and then added some glitter and some scrapbook bees.  Add […]

Tabby Cat Legend 12/12

The Legend of the Tabby Cat tells the story of when the baby Jesus was lying in the manger, he began to shiver from the cold. Mary draped blankets over the infant, but he continued to shiver. She spoke softly. “I don’t know what to do. I thought you were hungry, so I fed you. […]

The Candy Cane 12/10

      The Legend It is widely believed that the candy, which earlier was straight as a stick, was given its distinctive J-shape by a German choirmaster. It is said that during service one evening, the children were being very loud and noisy, creating quite a ruckus and not paying any attention to the […]