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Home(made) for the Holidays

Nov 23, 2014

by Linzee McCray

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Tucked away in boxes, swathed in bubble wrap and tissue paper, are treetop ornaments, pinecone wreaths and sleigh bells — objects unwrapped just once a year that convey that Christmas has arrived. In some families, a favorite Santa mug or Christmas tree skirt evokes the magic of the season; at my house, it’s the “red, lumpy thing.” At least, that’s what my eldest daughter called it the year we had to decorate the tree before she got home. “Don’t hang the red, lumpy thing until I get there,” she pleaded. Baffled, we sorted through the ornaments and determined that a scarlet-colored felt ball, haphazardly dotted with sequins and embroidery, somehow said “Christmas” to Maggie. Each year since then, the hanging of the red lumpy thing is our cue to let the festivities begin.

Helping to shape these kinds of holiday memories is the inspiration behind numerous Etsy shops. “I love creating heirlooms that are a part of other families’ Christmas traditions,” says Barb Wenninger, who offers hand knit stockings in her shop, Warmed by the Hearth. “Everyone who has bought a stocking tells me who it will belong to and where it will hang. It’s humbling to be a part of their holiday celebrations.”

While a love of knitting and the holidays inspires Wenninger, Alyssa Marsh of Vintage Modern Mix appreciates the design possibilities inherent in Christmas. “There are so many different color palettes and styles to work with,” she says. Her Advent calendars are composed of small boxes, each perfect for holding a tiny treasure. “The holidays are such a happy time, so it’s exciting to think that my calendar is being used every day leading up to Christmas.”

Though Advent calendars date from the mid-1800s, Anne Schneider of Good Wishes Quilts says the calendars she stitches have sparked new family rituals. “An Australian customer told me she was putting the address of a person in each pocket of the calendar and every day her family would write that person a letter of thanks or encouragement,” says Anne. “Such a simple and beautiful way to spread the warmth of Christmas, one day at a time.”

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Good Wishes Quilts

A tiny key for Santa…attached to elf stockings, of course.

Another item in Anne’s shop — The Magic Santa Key — enables Father Christmas’s traditional visit to homes that lack chimneys. “Kids are logical these days. If they live in a apartment or condo, they ask, ‘How will Santa get in?’” she says. Anne attaches a key (“fashioned in Santa’s workshop by elves”) to a pair of elf stockings. “Just hang the key on your doorknob on Christmas Eve. You can try the key and your children can too, but it will only work for Santa, only at your home, and only on Christmas.”

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Retro Kombinat

An assortment of traditional German incense smokers.

While Americans think of Santa as a kindly gent, Robbie Kombinat of Retro Kombinat says in Germany Santa is sometimes accompanied by Krampus, a demon-like figure who stuffs naughty children in a sack. Kombinat, a Louisiana native who lives in Berlin, takes special pleasure in mingling holiday traditions through the vintage goods he sells. “I love that they go to people who perhaps celebrate Christmas differently,” he says. “Yesterday I sent a box off to Hawaii and I’m glad that something that caught my eye in a market in Dresden, Germany, can make its way around the world, bringing the charm of the Saxon Christmas tradition with it.”

Traditions vary geographically and they’ve also altered through time. “My desire is to create designs that reflect a simpler time in history, when women eked out beauty for their homes from basic thread and fabric,” says Cherie Wheeler of Cherie Wheeler Designs. She made her first cross-stitched ornaments to hand down to her children and finds that Christmas is a reminder to slow down and reflect on what’s important in life — for her, it’s faith, family and friends. “I feel honored when my customers write and tell me they made a purchase as a special gift, and that my little designs become a part of another person’s holiday tradition. My goal is to create unique items, little treasures to be tucked away reluctantly when the holiday is over.”

This time of year it’s easy to get excited about creating and collecting Christmas items, but how do Etsy shop owners keep the holiday spirit alive and the inspiration flowing in the heat of summer? Robbie Kombinat keeps searching for holiday items in Berlin’s plentiful flea markets year round. Anne Schneider says the stories her customers share keep her in the Chrismas spirit. And Cherie Wheeler says simply, “I remember the words from Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. ‘I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.’”

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3 Featured Comments

  • fancy4u

    fancy4u from BrushAndFeather said 3 years ago Featured

    i also have some very old decorations from when i was a child, i remember getting them out every year and putting them on our real Christmas tree. Now, I only have 2 left and they are the most carefully wrapped Christmas ornaments in their very own boxes and are kept safe all year until it's time to see them again at Christmas time on our traditional tree. To me, they are the most beautiful or all our decorations.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 3 years ago Featured

    One of the most poignant moments in my life was the first Christmas after my mother passed away. I inherited all our family's Christmas ornaments, and there was one in particular –– the most delicate, fragile, handblown thing imaginable, that my mother had given to my father before I was born. I was touched by knowing that both my parents were gone, but this tiny, perfect, supremely fragile object had survived them both. I suppose that kind of experience is the foundation of traditions, and the real meaning of "stuff" in our lives. Even in this overly material world, there is *precious stuff* that is life-affirming and charged with meaning. Thanks to all the craftspeople who make these precious objects, and thank you, Linzee, for another wonderful piece.

  • lkmccray

    Linzee from lkmccray said 3 years ago Featured

    I'm thoroughly enjoying these stories of treasured holiday items and experiences. I have yet to do any holiday decorating, but your reminiscences are inspiring me to dig out the Christmas boxes (along with the red, lumpy thing) and deck the halls.

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    Wonderful holiday finds! We have one of those Santa keys as we don't have a fireplace. The kids love it!

  • babsfsu

    Barbara Gable from CrazyLovely said 3 years ago

    beautiful gift ideas! I especially love that advent calendar!

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 3 years ago

    'Christmas ... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart.' ~ Freya Stark

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 3 years ago

    Beautiful gifts ideas, I love House omament and Advent calendar!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 3 years ago

    Wonderful ideas!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 3 years ago

    I love the idea of a hand-knit stocking! (For the last few years we've used our hiking socks!)

  • CellarWoodworking

    Trevor Pratt from FrogInThePlane said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing these Christmas stories

  • nlbgrammy

    nlbgrammy from Qt2t said 3 years ago

    I love the magic Santa key!!! Nice collection of Christmas memories:)

  • HeatherBuchanan

    Heather Buchanan from HeatherBuchanan said 3 years ago

    My boyfriend is coming home for our first Christmas together, after three months of living in different cities. I can't wait to surprise him with a pair of matching handmade stockings and a plethora of other crafty-goodness to make the season saccharine and sentimental.

  • gossamer531

    Gossamer Tearoom from TheGossamerTearoom said 3 years ago

    I just love the story about the "red, lumpy thing"!!! Everyone has their own idea of what it takes to make the holiday complete. For me, the chats that my husband and I have in the half-light of the livingroom with only the lights in the windows on make this time special for me.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Cuties!!!

  • KathrynWarren2

    Kathryn Warren from HailTiger said 3 years ago

    those German incense smokers are awesome!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    Elizabeth from ABreathOfFrenchAir said 3 years ago

    Stunning gifts! Thanks for sharing!

  • GiveaGadget

    Rita from OnceLostBoutique said 3 years ago

    What a beautiful collection! Love vintage toys !!! Thank you for this blog post !

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 3 years ago

    Fun post - great to hear about different holiday traditions!

  • GoodWishesQuilts

    Anne Schneider from GoodWishesQuilts said 3 years ago

    What a wonderful piece Linzee ~ such a beautiful mix of handmade goodies from around the world, with stories from the artisans themselves. I feel like a world of Christmas is laid out before me. Love, love, love.

  • AmandaJHoffman

    Amanda Hoffman from AJHStudio said 3 years ago

    Awesome finds! All so cute and fun!

  • homedecorlab

    SW from HomeDecorLab said 3 years ago

    Lovely finds!

  • kissadesign

    kissadesign from kissadesign said 3 years ago

    Wonderful post! My entire shop grew out of a Christmastime family tradition. I can't wait to see this personal and heartfelt craft take root in our next generation...

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 3 years ago

    This is a great post! Such a beautiful reminder of what Christmas is really about. Love, appreciation, and quality time with others. I especially love what the Australians did with the letters year round. So thoughtful :-)

  • LauraBoyea

    Laura Boyea from LauraBoyea said 3 years ago

    Great finds! Thanks for sharing the holiday cheer.

  • nat1489

    Natalie Jacob from EtymologyJewelry said 3 years ago

    #etsyoneofakindgifts - Let's make this a trend!!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 3 years ago

    We had one of those incense smoking dolls in my house growing up. My favorite decorations were the ones with some movement: a wind-up angel that twirled and played music, or the candle-powered carousel with tiny wooden figures inside.

  • helenharwood

    Helen Harwood from FatBerry said 3 years ago

    Wonerful finds. Thank you for the small boxes calendars and warm memories of childhood.

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 3 years ago

    Really sweet and festive holiday finds. Thanks for sharing!

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 3 years ago

    Great finds!

  • Mannazme

    Keith And Olga from FishOutStore said 3 years ago

    Splendid idea!

  • thegretest

    Grete from thegretest said 3 years ago

    I love the magic santa key!!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    Really sweet and festive holiday finds. Love to read :) Thanks for sharing!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 3 years ago

    This post is so Christmasy! I always say that when something warms my heart, or transmits the purity of a childhood memory that it's "Christmasy". I just love Christmas and all the good it inspires!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 3 years ago

    Great post!

  • SPAULEY

    Susan Pauley from SPAULEY said 3 years ago

    A great article and some nice finds. Here's to the holidays!

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 3 years ago

    Great article and amazing finds!

  • JackieDoremus

    Jaclyn Doremus from TheLandofCraft said 3 years ago

    Oh what fun! Great finds! Thank you!

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 3 years ago

    cute ideas !

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 3 years ago

    I'm loving your selections......

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    I have several old decorations from my childhood that mean Christmas tradition in my family...a lumpy old Santa that came in my stocking one year is my favorite. I also treasure the decorations my kids made over the years of growing up. I started to make decorations and ornaments in my teens and have been ever since. I'm happy to be making them for etsy shoppers now as well as friends and family. Nice blog post, enjoyed it!

  • fancy4u

    fancy4u from BrushAndFeather said 3 years ago Featured

    i also have some very old decorations from when i was a child, i remember getting them out every year and putting them on our real Christmas tree. Now, I only have 2 left and they are the most carefully wrapped Christmas ornaments in their very own boxes and are kept safe all year until it's time to see them again at Christmas time on our traditional tree. To me, they are the most beautiful or all our decorations.

  • NicoAndMooMoo

    NicoAndMooMoo from NicoAndMooMoo said 3 years ago

    thanks to articles like this one I'm finally getting into the spirit of the season! ^.^

  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 3 years ago

    lovely and packed with christmas spirit selection.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 3 years ago Featured

    One of the most poignant moments in my life was the first Christmas after my mother passed away. I inherited all our family's Christmas ornaments, and there was one in particular –– the most delicate, fragile, handblown thing imaginable, that my mother had given to my father before I was born. I was touched by knowing that both my parents were gone, but this tiny, perfect, supremely fragile object had survived them both. I suppose that kind of experience is the foundation of traditions, and the real meaning of "stuff" in our lives. Even in this overly material world, there is *precious stuff* that is life-affirming and charged with meaning. Thanks to all the craftspeople who make these precious objects, and thank you, Linzee, for another wonderful piece.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 3 years ago

    You missed Finland's yule Pukki. I hear tell it eats children..... For more about that legend Rare Exports is a good one. :) Scandinavians have all kinds of great christmas traditions. And yes, Germany's Krampus is fun too. They lso have that in Austria, where I spent 4 years..... I spend far too much time traveling the world learning about cultures in different places..... But hey, what else is there worth doing o this was a fun post. Thanx Etsy.

  • emilyrosemint

    Emily from shoproseandmint said 3 years ago

    Homemade decorations are my favorite! I make something new for our home every year, and I love pulling out special pieces and ornaments from years past. There's something about handmade that just cannot be imitated. You can't mass produce heart and soul.

  • ScissorwizardDesigns

    Trisha from ScissorwizardDesigns said 3 years ago

    Beautiful holiday finds. Loved reading about each of them. ♥

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 3 years ago

    Great Picks Thanks for sharing

  • cherylKNITS

    Cheryl Kucharzak from cherylKNITS said 3 years ago

    Christmas is such a special time of year. I am honored to be part of a family's tradition-in-the-making with my personalized hand knit stockings.

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 3 years ago

    Somewhere deep in my attic... i have an old box of smokers! i have been meaning to pull them out this year! thanks for the post as a reminder! love these finds!

  • zoezloft

    Carol Chidlow from ZOEZLOFT said 3 years ago

    I love the handmade aspect of Christmas. A little ornament I make and sell in my shop brings smiles to the faces of the recipients. I always love to hear what customers are doing with them.

  • onsieuponatimebaby

    Munchkin Shop from themunchkinshop said 3 years ago

    love the socks!

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill said 3 years ago

    totally delightful:)

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 3 years ago

    I love Christmas, Peace on Earth.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 3 years ago

    Adorable Christmas decoration!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest said 3 years ago

    ha ha so much fun! the 'red lumpy thing' sweet :) and I love the elf stockings and key - great idea! well done and thanks for the smiles and laugh xx

  • LedaDesign

    Leda Design from LedaDesign said 3 years ago

    Great finds!

  • kattaime

    Elizabeth from AtolyeMetiista said 3 years ago

    Those incense smokers remind me of a bunch that my grandmother had when I was little and that my mother then inherited. Seeing the collection of those and all of the nutcrackers my grandmother collected always makes me think of the holidays. I love the idea of tucking addresses into a calendar and writing to someone on each day. What a nice way to share your love.

  • ShadowDanceGlass

    Gayle DuRivage from ShadowDanceGlass said 3 years ago

    I treasure the ribbon-wrapped styrofoam balls my mom made when I was a child and every year they have a place of honor on own tree. I hope that the ornaments I now make will someday carry the same type of significance and love.

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 3 years ago

    I would love to deck the halls with all your marvelous festive finds. Thank you for a truly unique post. Merry Christmas to all Dona

  • bestbrownie

    Dale Coykendall from bestbrownie said 3 years ago

    Lots of reminiscing going on here thank you ...and my daughter just came home so we are ready to let the festivities begin ! cheers everyone

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 3 years ago

    I'll mix it up with Ione's hand-made Victorian paper ornaments, Grandma Annies's blown glass balls as well as my grown children's hand made. It took me 25 years but am soooo over the designer tree!

  • backyardprims

    Cathy from backyardprims said 3 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story Linzee. Loved it. Every year we put a small wrapped package with an attached note my son made in preschool under the tree...that's our start of the festivities. Oh yeah...he's now 22 and still looks for that package when he comes home! Merry Christmas!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 3 years ago

    What wonderful treasures!

  • ZebraCrows

    Sheryl Scott from HgVintagetoo said 3 years ago

    This year for Hanukkah our family gave each other our own handmade gifts. I think the kids appreciated and enjoyed this year the most. It's never too late to start traditions. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    ha-ha-ha, that santa with pipe looks well angry :)

  • DelilahsAttic

    Madeleine Keller from ThoseGoodVibrations said 3 years ago

    These picks are so great! I love the point about the Santa key! Kids really are smarter than we give them credit for haha

  • LoveandRummage

    Jade from LoveandRummage said 3 years ago

    Lovely post! & great finds!

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shops:)

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 3 years ago

    Thank you, Linzee, for sharing such inspiring stories from people who have such wonderful holiday traditions!

  • accessoryalamode

    Deborah McGovern from deborahmcgovern said 3 years ago

    Love all the picks!! Gets you in the holiday spirit! :)

  • EstateAurora

    AuroraHorton from EstateofAuroraHorton said 3 years ago

    Love the stockings!!

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 3 years ago

    Lovely finds!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Awesome treasury!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Meant awesome choices!

  • Motleycouture

    Motleycouture from Motleycouture said 3 years ago

    Handmade Christmas ornaments is what it is all about! I treasure mine!

  • FiftyFourTenStudio

    Mary Lee from FiftyFourTenStudio said 3 years ago

    Love it all! We just finished decorating our tree....with lots of homemade ornaments which bring back many memories! :)

  • lkmccray

    Linzee from lkmccray said 3 years ago Featured

    I'm thoroughly enjoying these stories of treasured holiday items and experiences. I have yet to do any holiday decorating, but your reminiscences are inspiring me to dig out the Christmas boxes (along with the red, lumpy thing) and deck the halls.

  • mudpiesandrainbows

    Mudpies And Rainbows from mudpiesandrainbows said 3 years ago

    Love those knitted socks! That's my new years challenge learn how to sew and knit! My Santa Doors, would have been perfect for this Blog Post, if you get a sec to take a look see at my shop. Sparkle Bright, The Fairies xXx

  • BeadingTimes

    Zeynep from ZeyJewel said 3 years ago

    Great gift ideas, thanks for sharing !

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts from unflappableproducts said 3 years ago

    I love fresh ideas-great post!

  • EarthsTrove

    Not Made In China Finds from NotMadeInChinaFinds said 3 years ago

    Great ideas. So colorful and inspiring!

  • colleenwalsh02

    Colleen Walsh-Walsh from WalshWalshandSon said 3 years ago

    good treasury. Thanks for sharing.

  • onegirlarmy79

    Vanessa Holmes from FaithandWhimsy said 3 years ago

    I am in love with the "Magic Santa Key"!

  • MadeInc

    MADE from MadeInc said 3 years ago

    It is cool and very beautiful,,, thanks for sharing and our store also have some items that suitable for Christmas. Visit it or share some new concept with us~~

  • NaZariJewelry

    NaZariJewelry from NaZariJewelry said 3 years ago

    So creative! The talent is amazing.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    Pretty neat...Love the key idea!

  • amyn825

    Amy Hatcher from AmysGiftsAndMore said 3 years ago

    I love this! Very creative :)

  • FurriPersonal

    Carole Gernett from FurriPersonal said 3 years ago

    Great stories behind these items. I too have some ornaments that I treasure because of the memories they bring and the tradition they represent. I try to add one or two hand made ornaments to our tree each year and hope my daughter will pass down the tradition.

  • illuminativeharvest

    Jennifer Presler from IlluminativeHarvest said 3 years ago

    Beautiful treasures.

  • gardengate724

    Janell from HomeHearthGarden said 3 years ago

    I love the creativity!!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 3 years ago

    love this, so creative~

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 3 years ago

    I love the Christmas holiday tradition of collecting ornaments, and those that are passed on through generations are so special! Very fine finds here :-)

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 3 years ago

    Very nice... I love the sentiments of these cherished items.

  • thewildplum

    Christina from TheWildPlum said 3 years ago

    Karen Brown's comment brought forth a downpour of tears and emotions. Beautifully shared. I seriously can't comment through my water-stained eyes. ♥♥♥♥

  • LnRworks

    R. Anne from LnRworks said 3 years ago

    Amazing! I love Christmas.

  • WildRoseAndSparrow

    Liana from WildRoseAndSparrow said 3 years ago

    For us, it really feels like Christmas is coming when there's the smell of cloves and cinnamon, oranges, chestnuts and molasses mingled with spruce hanging in the air. A Christmas tradition with my daughters (both of whom are dancers) ever since they were very young would be to take them to the Nutcracker downtown. From the ceremony of getting all dressed up for the fancy event downtown to Tchaikovsky's gorgeous music and the virtuosity of the Sugar Plum fairy, this is part of our Christmas preparations. :)

  • LaurenK314

    Lauren Williams from GoodnessCakes said 3 years ago

    I just got out my Christmas box this morning! That red Christmas bulb is beautiful.

  • Laladesignstudio

    Lala Jewelry from Laladesignstudio said 3 years ago

    I love how something as simple as a fluffy red thig, delicate glass ornament, or a pinecone covered in glitter can evoke such strong memories. Each peice has a story to tell. Decorating a christmas tree brings us all back to the simpiler times in our lives when we were children, our parents were still with us and life was full of imagination and magic. No matter how old we are Christmas still brings out the kid in all of us.

  • dilkah1

    Dilani SK from Especially4UHandmade said 3 years ago

    Beautiful stuff......

  • paulawinks

    Paula Mucha from ilPiccoloGiardino said 3 years ago

    Year after year, making memories is what it's all about. I was heartbroken when my childhood stocking was lost after my Mom passed away! Sometimes we have to re-create new things.

  • NeatoKeen

    NeatoKeen from NeatoKeen said 3 years ago

    My mother still hangs the handmade ornaments that my sisters and I made when we were children. We still move our personal ornament to the front in a prominent position and the others to the back of the tree. We do the "switch" clandestinely all week long. It's very childish but it's hilarious. We are all near or in our 50s! Christmas is everyone's chance to be a kid again :) Great article!

  • maryandgeneva

    Olga from MaryAndGeneva said 3 years ago

    We have many handmade ornaments on our family tree and my parents tree every year - such special memories. Great article and especially love the knitting stocking, and also the burlap ones that were featured!

  • christelpaola

    christelpaola from FloralConstellation said 3 years ago

    lovely gift ideas! I especially love the ornament

  • MokiMinis

    Mo and Ki from MokiMinis said 3 years ago

    Wow really awesome finds :)

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 3 years ago

    Nice...I have my parents old decorations, as my mom had changed them out for a totally new decor on their tree...No she is gone, and my dad no longer puts up a tree... Memories...

  • luluxo

    luluxo from luluxo said 3 years ago

    Definitely getting me in the mood to decorate!

  • FiftyFourTenStudio

    Mary Lee from FiftyFourTenStudio said 3 years ago

    I love this Christmas feature! The idea about putting addresses of family and friends in each pocket of an advent calendar and writing notes to a different person each day is a fabulous tradition.

  • SkiDoodle

    Skidoodle from Skidoodle said 2 years ago

    Knitting Christmas stockings today for my extended family. So much fun! I have so many ideas I want to try out. Maybe a new shop item next Christmas! Love this feature....beautiful work!

  • jolenemacfadden

    Jolene MacFadden from SouthernWomenCrafts said 2 years ago

    Great ideas and we hope to have another all handmade presents to our family and friends again this year!

  • retiredsoldiers

    Mark Lam from Markfabric said 2 years ago

    Wonderful idear! So beautiful items!

  • misshshop1

    Pebble Ripearls from RIPEARLS said 2 years ago

    Can't believe it is THE time of the year again! Great post!

  • alaskalisky

    Alaskalisky from AlaskaGoldRush said 2 years ago

    Excellent Post! Very Educational about Santa and how he is perceived around the World by other cultures. See my Stocking Stuffer Lumps of Coal FUN GIFTS from Alaska and find out who's been NAUGHTY and who's been NICE. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • aleonastreasury

    Aleona from AleonasTreasury said 2 years ago

    So good finds! Especially rabbits. Great thank you.

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 2 years ago

    "The red lumpy thing" made me laugh. It is so funny how our childhood memories take shape and become something that no one else really understands. I have so many fond childhood memories.

  • WanWanShop

    Francesca from SettembrinaShop said 2 years ago

    Homemade Christmas decorations truly give the idea of upcoming holidays! The Cherie Wheeler Designs are really enchanting, they are similar to the ones made by my mom :-)

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 2 years ago

    Wonderful holiday finds! Great Post !

  • Taylorsworld85

    Taylor from TaylorsworldHandmade said 2 years ago

    Christmas is all about the handmade decorations, check out my store for some handmade Liberty star decorations. Thank you.

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 2 years ago

    Old goodies - so cute for Christmas. We have traditio and use for Christmas decor some old fashioned ornaments from my childhood times. Kids love them the most. They have spirit of Christmas for sure. :) Lat Christmas we baked lot of biscuits and decorated them. My daughter was in love with these decorations - home was full of cinnamon smell! Christmas tree looked original.

  • vectorvintageshop

    Vector Vintage from vectorvintageshop said 2 years ago

    Great collection. And I love the advent calendars - showered lots of hearts there!!

  • FieldsOfVintage

    Fields Of Vintage from FieldsOfVintage said 2 years ago

    Oh! What cute items! I love the Holidays! Great selections.

  • indigocanyonsoaps

    Indigo Canyon Soap Co. from INDIGOCANYONSOAPCO said 2 years ago

    Just adorable! What a great way to make your house welcoming for the holidays. Best of luck to you!

  • DaraWreaths

    Dara K. from DaraDecor said 2 years ago

    I love christmas time!

  • VeryAndVery

    Veronica B. from VeryAndVery said 2 years ago

    Wonderful !

  • Leebeevee

    Libivee from Libivee said 2 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 2 years ago

    The best thing about the holidays, is sharing homemade with the family. Christmas time is just around the corner and there are many stuff to share! Knit stockings are one of those things that come to mind right away, but there's really more into it. Whatever you are planning on to put in there, the best thing to put is, of course, handmade items.

  • MiddleCoast

    Katie Anne from MiddleCoast said 2 years ago

    It was fun you mentioned Santa's (German) friend Krampus, because a local art studio here holds a "Krampuslauf" celebration! It's fun to see the variety of Krampus-themed art and fun. :) http://www.sidestreetstudioarts.org/#!krampuslauf---elgin-il/c207w

  • fishcouple

    Fishcouple from fishcouple said 2 years ago

    Nice finds! Love the advent calendar ..

  • Mlopezthings

    Mónica López from Moniquesthingsshop said 2 years ago

    I love this! Very creative :)

  • silkstory

    Zita from silkstory said 2 years ago

    Lovely finds! Great ideas!

  • cambridgeStdesigns

    Rebecca from dellabellaBoutique said 2 years ago

    Really fantastic finds!! I want everything!

  • Goodmoodwoods

    Kristina from GoodMoodWoods said 2 years ago

    So creative!

  • katishainy

    Katyooshjewelry jewelry from Kattyoosh said 2 years ago

    Wonderful holiday finds!

  • MusicCityVintage

    Angela Lovett from MusicCityVintage said 2 years ago

    Fantastic finds, I love everything here!

  • OurBrokenHouse

    OurBrokenHouse from OurBrokenHouse said 2 years ago

    You really know how to bring out the christmas feeling! :)

  • thisthatandchristmas

    Shelley Robillard from ThisThatAndChristmas said 2 years ago

    The plea to "not hang the red lumpy thing" until your daughter got home really made me laugh. My children are 22 and 24 and there are several ornaments that sit on the counter until they get home to place them on the tree. I think it just started that those were the things they always love to put on the tree most, so when they moved from home, I just saved them for them. Now it just seems right.

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 2 years ago

    I love all the Christmas family tradition. Can't wait to pop some popcorn with my kids and string them. It is a little scary to hear that in Germany Santa is sometimes accompanied by Krampus, a demon-like figure who stuffs naughty children in a sack. My mother in law is German, I will definitely ask her about that.

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 2 years ago

    Great finds!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    beautiful selection~

  • caboodle321

    Lorraine Burt from WholeCaboodleDesign said 2 years ago

    Really lovely finds, love making Christmas personal, I made an advent calendar for my family with photos of Christmas's past, and little christmas drawings that that my kids had done over the years - they're dying to get it out this year. Tradition is so important!

  • Dogdohr

    Joanne Dohr from Dogdohr said 2 years ago

    I hope some of my Christmas baskets that I have sold are coming out again this time of year! Thanks.

  • maikahandworks

    Maika from MaikaHandworks said 2 years ago

    Lovely finds! Thanks for sharing. Have a beautiful Holidays!

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    Luisa Lavado from PavioseParafina said 2 years ago

    Christmas is a very special time for me. I inhearited the family recipes and the 'responsability' to make the traditional sweets like my grandmama used to do. There is also a glass reindeer ornament I offered my mother years ago ans that she always uses to decorate the tree. I also created a collection of candles dedicated to christmas. The 9 star pine tree is nowadays a decor tradition at home :)

  • allieinwonder

    Alisa Erkes from AllieBlankets said 2 years ago

    Christmas is my favorite time of year! I made some custom items for a customer this year, tube sock stockings that were a replica of something she had as a child that was destroyed. It was so wonderful to be able to bring her precious memories back to life and to be able to crochet something for the holidays as well. :)

  • ASHYL

    Kerime Sevilen Mustafaoglu from ASHYL said 2 years ago

    Great finds!

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 2 years ago

    Beautiful post Linzee! Thank you!

  • FineWoodenToys

    FineWoodenToys from WoodenMarbleRuns said 2 years ago

    Very nice..Thanks for sharing!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 2 years ago

    Love the magic Santa key! So cute! ♥︎♥︎♥︎

  • RockArtiste

    Rock Artiste from RockArtiste said 2 years ago

    The magic of Christmas - make it all handmade. People appreciate a handmade homemade gift so much more and will cherish it forever.

  • domoshar

    Ralitza from domoshar said 2 years ago

    Adding an ornament each year, making lots of paper decorations each year - German stars, lanterns, etc, cookies, winter wine... all the making, and aroma magic.. packing every present, writing every card... ... make a Christmas real.

  • anyapowell

    anya powell from signaturepressdesign said 2 years ago

    This gets me in the mood to trim the tree and dust off some Christmas traditions!

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Boaro from TheCatBall said 2 years ago

    My mom sewed me this advent calendar and each day had a wrapped present tied to it. It was agonizing to wait all day long until I could open it! Even worse than that was when my brother came along. Mom gave him every other day, and that sucked!

  • KAPARA

    Viktoria from KAPARA said 2 years ago

    Cute stuff!

  • saraermisch

    Sara Ermisch from LeosLovelyTreasures said 2 years ago

    what a lovely article! Thanks for sharing!

  • MadeInNorthMelbourne

    MadeInNorthMelbourne from MadeInNorthMelbourne said 2 years ago

    When my Mum passed away, after my Dad, my sister, brother and I shared the Christmas decorations between us, as we all wanted a part of them, so we all have them in our homes. How true that something with once a year use stays with us. As the baby I got the star for the top of the tree!

  • lovely333

    shirley coachman from SCfashioncreations said 2 years ago

    Very nice!

  • DeeDeeOriginals

    Dee Dee Gooding from DeeDeeOriginals said 2 years ago

    Love the holidays ! living in Lake Tahoe I like decorating with nature gifts. Pine cones and a piece of Tahoe is what I love to use in my accents for the home. Bless, Dee Dee

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 2 years ago

    My family tree charts are used as a holiday or family reunion project. Something that a family can do together and each bring home a very meaningful keepsake.

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    RoyalCrownHandmade from RoyalCrownHandmade said 2 years ago

    Love this store! Great Post ! www.etsy.com/people/natafish67?ref=si_pr#

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 2 years ago

    so creative~

  • oneofakindvintage1

    Luz Spears from OneofakindVintage1 said 2 years ago

    Love it!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 1 year ago

    Wonderful holiday items and ideas.. thank you!

  • sshecoraiv1

    Stephen Shecora from BrokenArrowStore said 1 year ago

    The Holiday season is always a magical time of the year. Homemade gifts are so intimate and the best to give. Gorgeous holiday finds!

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