The Reason for the Season …

Angels, Nativities and Religious Figures
Nativity, a synonym of birth
Nativity Scene, a group of figures arranged to represent the birth of Jesus Christ
a Nativity scene in Italy
a Natvity scene in France

Visit Soffieria De Carlini and learn how these delightful glass Christmas ornaments are created.

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The Nativity scene is said to have originated with St. Francis of Assisi when he constructed a manger scene in a cave in the town of Greccio in 1223. Tradition holds that he led Christmas Eve mass there and organized a nativity pageant.
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The crib is the most important focus of celebrations during the Christmas season in Italy. Each church displays a nativity as do many town , stores, public areas and private homes. The Christmas cribs may be quite elaborate or very simple. Families usually set up a Chrismtmas crib in their home on December 8, the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. A family might add a new piece or two to its display each year.
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While Mary, Joseph, shephards, animals, and magi may become part of the scene on December 8, Baby Jesus usually is not placed in the manger until December 26.
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Epiphany,January 6; a Christian feast celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as representated by the Magi.Epiphany, January 6, is an important celebratation day for Italians. A family’s crib remains the focus of a home’s festivities until that day.


Christmas is Coming … #1

Christmas Cover, Front Christmas Cover, Back
The Holiday Issue is Coming … It’s at the printer in Erie, Pennsylvania with the final proof approved today.

Here’s sneak peek of the covers. Artist Michael Storrings created the art deco inspired cover illustration especially for this issue of Celebrate365. Santa flies through an art deco sky as his reindeer leap and bound, anticipating the task ahead. Non-traditional holiday hues –black, gray, white, gold, pink and fuchsia – lend a dreamlike quality and set the scene for the gift-filled morning to come.

Inside the Issue:

  • Meet Joellen Church, Landmark-Creations ornaments
  • Christopher Radko writes about how to decorate your dream tree.
  • All Decked Out for the Holidays, a century of change
  • Behind the Design with Maggie’s Memories
  • della Robbia, a Renaissance-Inspired Williamsburg Tradition
  • Pages and pages of Christmas-themed ornaments and folk art

11-4-table-of-contents-med Folk art designs from:

Jerry & Darla Arnold

Joanne Harper

Lori Ann Corelis

Artistry of Poland Announces Contest Winner!

Artistry of Poland owners, Sue Myal and Sue Sprunk, along with last year’s contest winner David Blair, have selected a winner in the 2008 Design Like a Star ornament contest. The judges have selected “Victorian Valentine” as this year’s winner.

Kelly Ryan, a Celebrate365 subscriber from Minnesota, submitted the design concept. “I’m embarrassed to say my inspiration was a paper party napkin! I bought them years ago and just loved the little cherub so I saved one,” Ryan explained. “I liked the rich colors and the elegant style so when the contest came about I dug out my box of stuff and found the napkin. I think it makes a beautiful Christmas ornament.”

Artistry of Poland agreed! Myal and Sprunk based their selection upon their overall business plan. “Since we are always searching for the ultimate design to include in our collection it should have general appeal without giving in to the ordinary,” Myal explained. “We also think about marketing,” she continued. “Who will buy it? Where will we sell it? Has anyone ever inquired about a design like this”

Clay model of Ryan’s design.
The clay model creates the 3-dimensional detail for the mold maker.