Christmas Inspiration from Around the World

We’re happy to share our first guest post with you today, from Erin Levine at PaperStyle.  What do you look for in the ideal Christmas card?  Erin suggests looking to the traditions of other cultures as well as our own for inspiration.

Everyone loves to make the most of the holiday season with their friends and loved ones in their own little corner of the world. It can be fun to break outside of the box and think about all the fun traditions people use to celebrate Christmas around the globe. There are plenty of fun and creative spins on Christmas traditions that we can all use to make Christmas crafts for our own home or implement into Christmas cards for friends and family. This year, as you sit down to create unique greeting cards or holiday-themed crafts, inspiration from various cultures around the globe just might spark an idea.

Aussies Heat Things up at Christmas Time

Forget about Frosty the Snowman. For Australians, Christmas actually falls during the hottest time of the year. They experience the holiday season during what is the equivalent of summer vacation to those of us in North America. For this reason, Australians enjoy conducting their Christmas celebrations outdoors. One of the most popular festivities is evening candle-lit processions. Twinkling candlelight is enough to inspire the holiday spirit even during a heat wave.

France Brings the Frosting for Christmas

The French are renowned for their delicious dessert delicacies and un-ending love affair with fine foods. It should come as no surprise that they bring out the culinary love in full force during the Christmas season. Children in France wait all year to long to finally dig their teeth into a rich buttercream cake called “buche de Noel.” A traditional buche de Noel is a beautifully decorated cake made into the shape of a yule log, covered generously in chocolate frosting. This fun and delicious dessert is simply iconic, and artwork featuring this treat makes a wonderful decoration for things like wrapping paper and Christmas cards.

Holidays in Holland are Sweet

Holland is another nation that famously parades out special dessert during the Christmas season. Families in Holland are known to carry out the tradition of baking a special letter cake. A letter cake is a cake created in the shape of the first letter of a family’s last name. The cake is a symbol of family pride and togetherness – not to mention being just plain delicious.

Mexico’s Christmas Piñata Tradition is Simply Smashing

Each year at Christmas time, many Mexicans jubilantly celebrate what is called Las Posadas. The word Posadas means “lodging.” Las Posadas commemorates the journey of Joseph and Mary as they searched for lodging on Christmas Eve. One of the highlights of the celebration is the breaking of the piñata. Beautifully-crafted and intricate piñatas are a great source of inspiration for anyone searching for artwork to use in their own Christmas decorations or Christmas cards no matter what nation they call home.

Americans Love Mistletoe from Head to Toe

Mistletoe is one of the most heralded signs that the Christmas season is upon us. This naturally beautiful leaf, though highly visible during the holidays, is a mystery to most Americans. The popularity of mistletoe as a symbol of Christmas didn’t begin until the 18th century, though it isn’t precisely clear why it began at all. In many American homes, mistletoe is hung in doorways, promising enduring love between any couple caught kissing beneath it. American mistletoe is actually an evergreen shrub that is native to the United States, though there are different species that are unique to Europe. The crisp green leaves and striking red berries are an enduring symbol of the warm feelings of the Christmas season.

Keeping an eye on the traditions and lore from cultures around the globe is a great way to gain inspiration for your own person Christmas crafts. Nothing speaks to the spirit of the holiday season more than embracing the traditions of people everywhere. You can find Christmas decorations and collectibles that represent holiday traditions from all over the world online at Christmas Place!

Erin Levine is a guest author from PaperStyle, an online retailer of wedding invitations, holiday photo cards, and stationery.

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