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Countdown to Christmas 2016 - Week 2 - Italy

Carved life size presepe, Santa Maria d'Aracoeli Presepe Christmas Day Rome, 2012; photo by Margot Balboni

 
 

Traditionally, Christmas in Italy is celebrated over several weeks, from December 6th, St. Nicholas Day, until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.  On St. Nicholas Day, children write letters to St Nicholas asking for gifts and they hang up either a sock or put a plate on the table on the eve of Nicholas Day’s.  If the children have been good throughout the last year, they will get some fruits, nuts and sweets from St. Nicholas while the naughty ones will also get a sweet, but one looking like lump of coal. The main gift giving day is January 6 - the day on which the Wise Men brought their gifts to the Christ Child.

Countdown to Christmas 2016 - Week 1 - Norway

Christmas in Trondheim, Norway; photo by PLANET LEW

 

This past weekend started the fifth annual “Countdown to Christmas 2016” collection hosted each year by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions.  It is a way for handmade artisan and vintage sellers to share three of their items each week, each one perfect for Christmas gift giving.  I will pick my favorite item each week and share them here in this blog.  


Also, I plan on sharing a bit about how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas.  This week, Norway is highlighted:

Mother's Day Countdown - Handmade and Vintage Gifts, Week 9

 

 

It is with a somewhat heavy heart that I have to say that the Mother’s Day Countdown 2016 has come to a close.  The weekend of week 9 has come and gone and Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 8.  If you haven't done your shopping, there is still a bit of time, especially if you use expedited shipping or Mom is willing to wait for her perfect gift.  A fabulous place to shop is at Julie and Blu's Mother’s Day Countdown collection of handmade and vintage items any Mother will love to receive and cherish for years to come.  This week, 57 wondrous items were shared.  The items included: jewelry of many different styles, vintage postcards, business card holders, party items, crochet, sewing, polymer clay art, lampwork and more - so many different items and techniques.  Shop now!

 

Mother's Day Countdown - Handmade and Vintage Gifts, Week 8

 

 

And we are inching ever more closely to the end of the Mother's Day Countdown 2016!  Inching???  Who am I kidding?  It is blowing by at rocket speed!  Since Mother’s Day will be here before you know it, NOW is the time to start your shopping and gift purchasing!  Browse the Countdown collection, hosted by Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions on their BluPrint blog, and visit the shops of the artists who participated who have shops filled with amazing beauties.  Many creations you will see are one of a kind and definitely handmade from the heart.  Buy HANDMADE this year!  There is something in the beautiful Mother's Day Countdown collection for even the pickiest of Moms!   

Mother's Day Countdown - Handmade Gifts, Week 7

 

WOW!  Can you believe that week 7 of the Mother's Day Countdown 2016 has come and gone?  Even though it blew by, many handmade beauties were left in its wake.  Mother’s Day will be here before you know it - now is the time to start your shopping and gift purchasing!  Since Mother's Day will be here before you know it, now is the perfect time to start thinking about gift(s) for your Mom.  Browse the collection shares for this week and visit the shops.  Many creations are one of a kind and handmade from the heart.  Buy HANDMADE this year!  There is something in the beautiful collection for even the pickiest of Moms!   Julie and Blu of BlueMorningExpressions / polymerclaybeads are hosting the Mother’s Day Countdown on their BluPrint blog, a tradition in its 4th year.  

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