Wreath

History of Christmas Wreath and Stocking

The history of Christmas Wreath tells us that the wreaths have their origin in the early times of pre-Christianity. The Eastern European people used to light up evergreen wreaths in the cold winter evenings with the hope of early spring and sunshine.

This custom was kept up by the Christians and now, this is primarily a Catholic custom. This custom or tradition is followed during Advent.

Generally, there are four candles in a circle of evergreen with another candle in the middle. The symbolism of evergreen is the continuity of life and the prickly holly reminds one of the Cross. The circle of the wreath is without beginning or end meaning that God is eternal, soul immortal and life everlasting. The wreath is decorated with nuts, pinecones and other seedpods which symbolize resurrection and life. We find from the history of Christmas wreath either four white candles or three violet and one rose candle are used. Each day one candle is lighted and the middle candle is lighted on Christmas Eve to signify the arrival of Jesus. A short prayer can be held with the lighting of the candle. Families light up the Advent wreath when they are about to have dinner. The prayer is held after the blessing of the food. This is the time when the faithful reaffirm his belief in the tenets of Christianity.

There are different types of Christmas wreaths. The history of Christmas wreath tells us that the Advent wreath has a special place as it symbolizes belief, prayers and hopes. The other type is the decorative wreaths. These wreaths decorate the home or Christmas tree and are mainly ornamental. Discover all about Christmas wreaths from Christmas Carnivals.

Courtesy: http://www.christmascarnivals.com

History of Christmas stocking:

There was a kindly nobleman whose wife had died of an illness leaving the nobleman and histhree daughters in despair. After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move into a peasant’s cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning.

When it came time for the daughters to marry, the father became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband’s family.

One night after the daughters had washed out their clothing they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman’s house. Looking in the window Saint Nicholas saw that the family had gone to bed. He also noticed the daughters stockings. Inspiration struck Saint Nicholas and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney and they landed in the stockings.

The next morning when the daughters awoke they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married. The nobleman was able to see his three daughters marry and he lived a long and happy life.

Children all over the world continue the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings. In some countries children have similar customs, in France the children place their shoes by the fireplace, a tradition dating back to when children wore wooden peasant shoes.

In Holland the children fill their shoes with hay and a carrot for the horse of Sintirklass. In Hungary children shine their shoes before putting them near the door or a window sill.

Italian children leave their shoes out the night before Epiphany, January 5, for La Befana the good witch. And in Puerto Rico children put greens and flowers in small boxes and place them under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings.

The first mention Christmas stockings being hung from or near a chimney were made only earlier this century by the illustrator, Thomas Nast, through his pictures and the writer, Clement Moore, in a story about a ‘visit from St.Nick’. The story quickly caught on.

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there”

Up until lately, it was traditional to receive small items like fruit, nuts and candy in your stocking, but these have been replaced in the last half-century by more expensive gifts in many homes.

Courtesy: http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com

Glass painting & Crafts!!!

Ahhh…. It was such a sense of relief to be free for the past two days ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really a hectic for the past week as i had few must-do crafts kept lagging behind and so i had to finish those as the deadline for those was nearing. Thus i did the following craft works ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really a huge pile of experience i have got through this and i would like to share those too with you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

Glass painting:

First comes the glass painting which was my life’s first order for payment ๐Ÿ™‚ I was much excited as there was one more thing – Its my first large glass painting with 24” length and 17” breadth ๐Ÿ™‚ Phew! It took me 2 hours to make the small picture into a big one with this size… As am not good enough with drawing and painting skills i felt it really hard in managing the sizes and somehow i managed to draw the stencil for this one. If you look at the painting you might find it so simple but i was not able to cop up even with this simple design as i was not able to trace and had to draw it myself. Guess the outcome was not that bad.

Then i did the outlining for about an hour looking over the minute details which was not clear yet. Then i let it dry and the next day i did the coloring part with two coats to make it look dark and after that i felt quiet relaxed as it was not as bad as i thought it would be ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

And framing the painting was the most hectic task as i had to take the painting for about 2miles from my home and it was not that easy as i thought. I had a huge stress in handling this situation without my mom. That’s when i felt so bad that i really need a person to help me out and i cannot do each and everything by my own ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But i do managed to take it safe with lots of care and had it framed and the final outcome made me really feel good worth of getting money for it ๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas Wreath:

Guys, do forgive me for this one. I had no idea of doing a wreath in my whole life. When i had to come over so much of wreaths in many blogs i just felt that i can do one wreath too for thisย Christmas. But i had a chance of doing a wreath last week as there was a function at my office and had to giveย bouquets to the clients. Luckily this time the clients left the bouquet at our office and so it was of no use at my office. So i got an idea of turning a part of the bouquet to a wreath and this was the outcome of it ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

The head bands and hair clips:

My sister was asking me for few headbands that would match her dress the best with the same kind of design i have made her few other headbands. But i was not satisfied in doing the same kind of patterns so i did few other designs and a few hair clips too in extra for a bit of surprise and i had to courier it to her as she stays in hostel… Guess she would have liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

The clips that are made of felt cloth...

The headbands made of fabric, satin ribbon and buttons...

Thus the week was quiet a busy one as each and every evening i left home from office i had to sit down for an hour or two of working for this which takes away my valuable time to be spent with the my best friends ( theย neighbor kids) and with my lovable mother… But it was quiet fun making all these too ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚