Monday, December 8, 2014


    Imagine a white robed angel whose face is delicately hidden by a veil, held in place by a jeweled crown, walking into your families Christmas gift exchange. The glow of the candles on the tree enshroud his form with a beautiful orange glow, as he enters and hands out presents from the basket held by his child helpers. A bit different from a traditional American Santa stories, this Swiss traditional story of the Christkindli is a well-known tradition in Switzerland. Most Swiss children eagerly await the arrival of the Christ Child in his reindeer drawn sleigh to come bearing gifts for everyone.

    For the week preceding Christmas, kids in Switzerland dress up and visit others bearing small gifts.  Bell ringing competitions between villages to call people to midnight mass have become common traditions, as have the gathering after the service for families to share giant homemade donuts (ringli) and hot chocolate.
    Because Switzerland's traditions stem mainly from 4 different cultures, Switzerland offers a wide variety of traditions and celebrations at Christmas time. Aside from native Swiss influences, Swiss Christmas times are also influenced by German, Italian, and French customs and traditions. Gifts are given by some on Christmas Eve, and by others on New Year's Day. Though many celebrate gifts brought by Christkindli, others believe the generous spirits of St. Nicholas or Father Christmas and his wife Lucy to be responsible for the gifts. The manger scene still holds significant symbolism and importance in heralding the arrival of Christ, but the Christmas tree is also an icon. Carols are sung by Sternsingers dressed as the Three Kings in 4 languages. It seems that Switzerland has remained neutral even in holiday spirit.

    Other holiday celebrations in Switzerland include the Chlaujagen Festival or the Feast of St. Nicholas, it is celebrated on December 6th. A procession of lifetrager parade down the street wearing huge illuminated lanterns shaped like Bishop's mitres on their heads. Regardless of which tradition a Swiss family follows, it would seem that Switzerland has the Christmas spirit. I imagine, Christmas in Switzerland must be quite romantic and fairy tale like. As the German speaking Swiss say, "Frohliche Weihnachten"!, or "Merry Christmas"!


Christmas Ornaments to Make

Are any of you as addicted to Pinterest as I am? It’s impossible to look away from. I have been seeing some absolutely awesome Christmas ornament DIY’s on there,  just click through to read the tutorial for each.

Music Sphere Christmas Ornament
Music Sphere Ornament - 7layerstudio.typepad.com
cookie cutter ornaments
Cookie Cutter Ornaments - marthastewart.com/
vintage thread spool Christmas ornament
Thread Spool Ornament - bhg.com
Winter Wonderland Christmas Ornament
Winter Wonderland Ornament - spoonful.com

ornaments made from vintage necklaces
ornaments made from necklaces - diynetwork.om
scrabble ornaments
scrabble ornaments - christmas.yourway.net
button Christmas tree ornaments
button Christmas tree ornaments - uklassinus.blogspot
pearl wreath ornament
pearl wreath ornament - bhg.com
pea pod ornaments

pea pod ornaments - blog.betzwhite.com
decoupaged newsprint ornaments
decoupaged newsprint ornaments - fleamarketstylemag.blogspot.com
chipboard bird ornament
chipboard bird ornament - bhg.com

paper medallion ornament
paper medallion ornament - icraftdaily.com
painted winter scene ornament
painted winter scene ornament - bhg.com
wishing spool ornament
wishing spool ornament - spoonful.com
photo christmas ornament
photo Christmas ornament - scrappergirl.typepad.com
white swirl ornament
white swirl ornament - bhg.com

candy cane ornament
candy cane ornament - parents.com
quilled glitter snowflake ornament
quilled snowflake ornament - bhg.com
lollipop ornaments
lollipop ornaments - brownpaperpackagesep.blogspot.com
paper tree ornaments
paper tree ornaments - itsastampthing-vicki.blogspot.com
And a very, very favorite…simply gorgeous:
snow scene ornament
snow scene ornament - http://www.craftberrybush.com