I find it very intriguing reading up on how Christmas in America became the way it is today. I mean the way in which we celebrate. Of course the immigrants who came over to settle in America from the Old World (Europe) influenced this a great deal. St. Nickolas whom the German and the Dutch called Sinter Klaus are truly responsible for bringing the Santa Claus to life in America. German immigrants bubbled over with enthusiasm for Christmas, putting up trees, exchanging gifts, and importing decorations and trinkets from Europe. Their festivities eventually won over American Protestants, who had previously viewed the holiday revelry and Santa Claus with raised eyebrows.
The other night I got all enthusiastic for making old fashioned looking German Ornaments, and here are some of what I made with German scrap, stretchy wire and tinsel. I will probably get better at this next year, but this year some of them will be given away and some will be hanging on my tree.
There are so many Christmas items out there so easily found (like Target and Walmart) to enhance the German scrap and the tinsel, like these glittered snowflakes which are ornaments by themselves.
I am a Mother of 8, grandmother of almost 27 wonderful little people. Married to a wonderful man for 38 years. I am a published scrapbooker, have decorated wedding cakes, made wedding dresses, had a wedding business, taught baton twirling lessons to girls for almost 40 years, and love to decorate my home inexpensively. I have always been a 'make-due' sort of person. I love dishes, teacups, teapots, and have to be creating something everyday. I love to listen to beautiful uplifting music and watch Masterpiece Theatre and Jane Austen movies while I scrap, craft or sew. I have become addicted to quilting, and dream about quilt blocks now. I am still working on getting better at this art form. I believe that Creating things with your hands is a good outlet and keeps your mind alert, and has a way of helping one lose all the cares of the day and world, right in my own little studio. Therefore I will never become a digital scrapbooker. I think that those who do digital turn out some beautiful pieces of art and lovely layouts, but for me I need to cut and paste by hand!