These adorable Nativity figures were hand-crafted in Barcelona by artist Ma. Aurora Castellano. Thank heavens we went to the Christmas fair over a week ago, or we wouldn’t have known her and discovered her creations! They’re about 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm each. So cute! (Click on the image to see the details on the figurines.)
Do you have a crèche in the house too? Tell us about it! :D
Here’s a picture of the Christmas card I made for our team at work in 2006.
It all started with the sketch of our brilliant senior research associate (the one in the center), which I meant to give to him as a birthday present. But since it was Christmas time, I got inspired to make a “personalized” holiday card for our group as well.
So I drew myself and the other girls, too. Then I scanned the sketches and downloaded a Santa hat picture from the internet. With the help of Photoshop, voilà! We became (thin but still) jolly Santa Claus and his (vertically gifted) elves!
Guess what? Seven years after, we still look the same!
Well,minus the Christmas hat :D
1. A cherry-topped dessert in mason jars gives a holiday party that special touch (via) | 2. Place hollies in vintage glass bottles and cover the stems with paper straws (via Pinterest) | 3. Gingham napkins (via)| 4. Mix cranberry, apple, ginger and ice to create a holiday punch and serve drinks in a crate (via) | 5. Food favors are the best (via)
The Fira de Santa Llúcia is not only a place for buying Christmas decorations but it is also a one-stop-shop for those seeking Nativity figures and accessories made with skill and a lot of heart.
The tradition of depicting the birth of Jesus is ingrained in the Catalan culture. Although the first Catalan Nativity was made as early as the 14th century, the crèche with Joseph, Mary and Jesus became popular in Catalonia only two centuries later.
The opening of Barcelona’s Fira de Santa Llúcia in 1786 strengthened the tradition even more.
The pessebre (Nativity crib) in Catalonia and other parts of Spain is a reproduction of Bethlehem. In Spanish, it is called belén, which is also the Spanish name for Bethlehem.
The crib has a pastoral setting: a farmhouse with the manger scene and, around it, different scenes like a woman washing clothes by the river and shepherds herding their sheep.
What a busy weekend it was for me!
We went to Barcelona for the Christmas market, the Fira de Santa Llúcia. It was named after Saint Lucy who is the patron saint of eyesight.
The fair dates back to the 18th century. According to historical accounts, on 13 December 1786, feast day of St. Lucy, there were people praying and celebrating Mass in the Cathedral in honor of the saint and of the Blessed Virgin. Meanwhile, several stands outside were selling Nativity cribs as well as clay and cardboard figurines and images of saints, shepherds, animals and so on.
It has been organized annually without interruption since then.
Now on its 227th year, it is the oldest fair dedicated to Nativity scenes and Christmas traditions. The Nativity scene is called pessebre in Catalan.
Hello, everyone! Today I’d like to show you pictures from the December lookbook of Zara Home Kids. I was supposed to feature it on my fashion and design blog but I figured that we can draw inspiration for decorating this Christmas from the creative styling and chalk artwork. I even think that the idea would be great for shop window displays!
First of all, a big thanks to those who read my post on DIY Christmas tree wall decors! The statistics have been very encouraging. I think that the holidays really bring out the crafters in all of us :)
The DIY love continues on today’s post with five Christmas wreaths that you can make at home. Let’s get started!
1. What can you do with the holiday cards collected from family and friends over the years? Use them on the wreath with the help of wire and cable cord. (via CB2)
No room in your apartment for that festive Christmas tree? Then mount it on the wall! Here are five awesome DIY ideas.
1. I suppose this washi tape and clothespin combo was meant to be an Advent calendar. But hey, it works just as well as a Christmas tree! Use the clips to hold your gifts – perfect space saver! (Image via Stjernestunder on Pinterest)
Oh my! Is Christmas really just three weeks away? Time to wrap the presents soon!
To help you get started, here’s a free Christmas tree printable wrapper. It’s blue and white, reminiscent of snowy Christmas days. To use, download the PDF template here and print it on A4 size paper. That easy!
Do you know which country first used a Christmas tree? Read my short feature to find out.
As an Etsy seller, nothing excites me more than having my work included in a treasury list. Thank you, NiakOriginal, for featuring my Christmas art print! What an honor!
Click here to see NiakOriginal’s gorgeous Scandinavian theme treasury list, or go here to see my featured design. You can also read about my previous treasury features here.