Ships: Saint Basil, the Santa
Claus of Greece, is said to make his journey to deliver
in a ship. Three ships are symbolic of the Trinity,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The number three is a number
used often at Christmas time, e.g., The Holy Family, Mary,
Joseph and the baby Jesus.
Skiing: Take a trip to Leavenworth,
WA to experience a Bavarian Village in the winter. You can
take a Snow Train up to the mountain village or stay in a cabin.
There are plenty of cross-country ski trails.
Snowman: If you live where it snows
you will remember how heavy those snowballs can get as you roll
them across the yard with your gloved hands. I recently saw a
snowman which also served as a bird feeder. Scoop out some of
the snow in the front
back of the snowman and fill it with birdseed.
Spices: Clove studded oranges make nice decorations.
Cinnamon sticks to stir hot chocolate are fun. Remember to buy
new spices each year before you bake. Buying spices in bulk is
often much cheaper or look for the best spices from Penzeys.
They also have a nice mulling mix.
Stars: The wise men followed
a star to Bethlehem. In some countries the appearance of
the first star on Christmas Eve is the signal for lighting the
lamps and beginning the Christmas Mass or festivities. Christmas
Stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In the hopes that
Nicholas soon would be there;" - The Night Before
In Europe, wooden clogs are sometimes used and
are placed next to the fireplace
food for the reindeer
or white horse.
Watch a favorite movie or decorate the tree at the same time
each year. Look for local event or ask family for holiday
memories you can recreate.
White Horse: Saint Nicholas
uses a white horse when he travels to distribute gifts.
Three Wise Men: These men were the
kings or Magi who followed the Star to Bethlehem bearing
precious gifts for the Christ Child. In Spain, it is
believed the wise men leave gifts at Christmas time.
Arrived on time,
Helped deliver the bay,
Cleaned the stable,
Made a casserole,
Brought practical gifts and
There would be
Peace on Earth.
Working Out: On a not so serious note, this really
is an American holiday tradition. We all have to work out so
hard so we can eat what we love. See my fitness
pages where I have links to all my favorite workout videos!
Wreaths: Always festive!
Ergo Winter Candle - Hearth
Yule Log: This
Log is often a decoration at Christmas time. The
log should come from an olive, almond, acorn, hickory, apple or
other fruit tree. We make a Chocolate Cake Yule Log which
has a delicious chocolate icing.
Ambient Fire: Ultimate Video Fireplace (Shot in HD)