Christmas – Holyblog.com http://192.168.99.122/com Holyart.com Blog Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:31:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 http://192.168.99.122/com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2016/04/cropped-logo-32x32.png Christmas – Holyblog.com http://192.168.99.122/com 32 32 DIY – Snowy Nativity http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/diy-snowy-nativity/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:17:41 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=211 Nativity lovers know it well: making realistic snow is not easy. Although it is unlikely that there was snow in Palestine the night when Jesus was born, from the beginning there has been the tendency of setting the Nativity in the environment in which they […]

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Nativity lovers know it well: making realistic snow is not easy.

Although it is unlikely that there was snow in Palestine the night when Jesus was born, from the beginning there has been the tendency of setting the Nativity in the environment in which they lived. Hence the need, in some cases, to add realism to the scene with the snow.

Various methods have been devised over time to reproduce it, both more or less realistic. In the past salt, flour, powdered sugar, talcum powder, cotton wool, soda, chalk were used. Today they often use synthetic materials, such as sodium polyacrylate or the instantaneous snow spray.

Nevertheless, nativity lovers go further. There are real electronic systems to make very realistic and beautiful snow. With the aid of an aerator or a nebuliser, you can recreate the illusion of real snowfall, even creating the intensity and texture of the flakes.

A unit of LED lighting (snow generator) with electronic effects can recreate snow and ice on any surface, while a sound system will give realism to the scene with the sound of wind or flakes falling. Others prefer to use slides depicting the snowy landscape.

Then there are machines that create the snow, which allow you to reproduce spectacular snowfalls with flakes that really dissolve. They are scenographic-patented devices for the production of artificial snow. The snow machine is created to produce real snow starting from a liquid ingredient, with the ability to adjust the intensity and direction of the flakes according to their needs. The technology ensures low noise and almost dry, light snow that dissolves as it touches the ground. Alternatively, you can set up a very intense snowfall that will play during a few minutes of the nativity with a beautiful and realistic white blanket.

 

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Benino, the sleeping shepherd http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/benino-sleeping-shepherd/ Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:16:12 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=207 Among the many characters that are part of the Neapolitan nativity, there are those whose stories are handed down in a very charming and fascinating tradition. The Neapolitan nativity scene, more than any other, is made up of symbols embodied by men and women, figures […]

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Among the many characters that are part of the Neapolitan nativity, there are those whose stories are handed down in a very charming and fascinating tradition.

The Neapolitan nativity scene, more than any other, is made up of symbols embodied by men and women, figures representing the people of legends that often transcend religion, sinking its roots in to a much older reality.

In the case of Benin, the shepherd sleeping in the cave at the edge of the nativity scene itself, the religious meaning is inextricably linked with a sense of the most ancient magic. The figure of Benin comes from what was stated in the scriptures: “And the angels gave the news to the sleeping shepherds.”

Benin is usually represented as a young shepherd, little more than a boy. His sleeping symbolises youth, immaturity of the spirit, in addition to the childhood of the body. It is not only a physiological state, but also a condition of the spirit of unconscious tension towards something great and irreparable that needs to happen. In this sense, the awakening is considered as a rebirth, the inevitable transition to adulthood, but also the revelation of the sacred represented the Nativity and the move to a new, more mature and more conscious life. A kind of initial sleep, then, that seems to be linked to ancient rites of passage, to which Christian experience has instilled an even greater symbolic value.

But Benino is also famous because he is said to be the one who dreams of the nativity that he stars in. An image has a very strong philosophical value, as well as a profound symbology. Sleep is not just the prelude to the evolution of the soul, but it is an act of creation itself, a kind of preparation for the scenario in which the miracle of the Nativity manifests, and with it the spiritual rebirth of the individual. A fragile and delicate balance, as is the nature of dreams.

Benino sleeps, and in his sleep, he still performs the miracle of Christmas once more. His awakening is a new order, a new beginning for everyone.

 

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Christmas Home decorations http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/christmas-home-decorations/ Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:14:03 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=190 The Christmas spirit is unique and indescribable. It slowly seeps into houses, spreading around like a nice perfume, a past scent that reminds you of comforting memories and a golden, unforgettable childhood. Maybe in contrast to the outside cold, a new heat spreads around inside […]

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The Christmas spirit is unique and indescribable. It slowly seeps into houses, spreading around like a nice perfume, a past scent that reminds you of comforting memories and a golden, unforgettable childhood. Maybe in contrast to the outside cold, a new heat spreads around inside which is different yet the same every year, making it so familiar and reassuring. It is a hug around everyone, drawing together hearts, uniting spirits in one spirited radiance. It also spreads to visiting friends and family from far away with its gentle magic. Every time this small miracle is renewed, it is impossible to understand it, but it surely creates the decorations, which during the festive period, make our houses more beautiful, warm, united and twinkling.

Garlands intertwined with holly, fir branches, colourful berries and pinecones; candle holders in the shape of Christmas trees or angel wings, sprinkled with gold and silver glitter; ornaments and baubles of every shape. Everywhere you look, there is something that effuses celebration, spirituality of this lovely warmth that makes these days magical and special.

We have chosen 10 Christmas Home decorations for you to make your house more welcoming at Christmas. You can find all items on Holyart.com

 

 

Modern style musician angel

 

 

For example, these marvellous statuettes of musical angels, small carved maple wood masterpieces which are handpainted by artisans in Valgardena. Their enchanting faces and shining colours emit both the delicacy and joy of the holiday.

 

 

 

Christmas decoration candle holder ring roses silvery glitter

 

 

 

For those who can’t go without soft lights and warm candles, this shining pink garland is ideal, perfect as a centrepiece or to decorate a little nook or cranny. It gives a touch of elegance to all types of furnishings.

 

 

Christmas candle-holder

 

 

 

More rustic but no less festive, this lime wood candle holder depicts the Sacred family or an angel, which makes you think of certain magical childhood lanterns. The candle completely protects the subject on its walls, in a game of light and shadows which is simply magical.

 

Olive wood star candle-holder

 

 

 

 

Also, for those who love having many candles, this simple and elegant candle holder, made with olive wood from the Holy Land, is make of seven stacked modules that together make a star.

 

 

 

 

Nativity with tree 9x7.5cm

 

 

 

You don’t need much to create a festive atmosphere, to decorate a corner of the house and make it special. This delightful ornament depicts a nativity scene with a tree and comet star, and already it seems to gather all the Christmas spirit on its own, all with its mysterious wonder.

 

Christmas decoration candle holder ring small roses silver glitt

 

 

 

 

White roses sprinkled with gold, which remind you of snow and ice, while their satin core burns the hot light of the Christmas candles. Elegance and a touch of glamour for those who can’t do the festive season without style and sophistication.

 

Image of baby Jesus on wood, 11cm

 

 

 

 

A simplicity that reminds you of the small, special things. A trinket that reminds you of childhood, the figure of baby Jesus printed and decorated with gold details and colourful rhinestones on the wood. Buy this to be a child again, to rediscover a part of yourself.

Decorated advent garland

 

 

 

 

An advent wreath decorated with pine branches and golden leaves, pine cones and sleet. An elegant centrepiece that is also a liturgical crown that will give the house a new spirituality.

 

Christmas angel music box, a star shall guide us

 

 

 

Christmas also means music and, in addition to traditional songs, what makes you think of the Christmas spirit more than music box music? Here is the wonderful Angel of Christmas-Carillon, exquisitely decorated with wings and a relief dress that represents the Nativity.

The carillon plays the melody “O Holy Night”, is a great gift idea and a piece of furniture for the house.

 

Three angels with book, Christmas decoration

 

 

 

 

Another simple, yet lovely, object: three little angels reading from an open book. An image evokes warmth and closeness on cold winter evenings.

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Candles: Christmas scents in your home http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/christmas-candles-christmas-scents-home/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 15:53:58 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=184 What would Christmas be without the subtle, magic atmosphere that only festive candles can create? The whole house seems to be lit with pulsating lights that emit a lovely heat, making you feel united and closer together! Christmas candles are refined compliments suitable for all […]

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What would Christmas be without the subtle, magic atmosphere that only festive candles can create? The whole house seems to be lit with pulsating lights that emit a lovely heat, making you feel united and closer together!

Christmas candles are refined compliments suitable for all types of houses and furnishings. They give a sense of festive spirit and make the house feel special, lighting it up with its bright lights, red, white, gold, and silver, and with their shapes and refined decorations.

You can put them anywhere, even with holly decorations, or together with a table centrepiece decorated with red berries. Christmas candles make the festive season even more special and unrepeatable. The wax scent spreads around, bringing out the soul and warming up your heart.

Placed on the meal table, or simply lit every night to warm up the house, Christmas candles cannot be absent from the celebration period. The house will become more welcoming, wrapped up in a magical atmosphere.

Christmas candles can also be sculpted into real works of art, or be in the shape of angels, Christmas trees, stars, pine cones, or flowers. An endless range of subjects and colours for all tastes and houses. There are also Christmas candles enclosed in delicate glass candleholders, decorated in gold and silver or with Christmas pictures. Little by little, the wax takes over and the light becomes even warmer, dimmer, making the beautiful decorations glimmer.

On colder nights, on the Night of all nights, the warm Christmas candle light designs a fluttery and magical pathway, a quivering glitter, that goes up from the warmth of every single house to the night sky like a procession of pulsating stars.

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Animated Scenes – Shepherds http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/animated-scenes-shepherds/ Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:55:16 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=187 The nativity scene has an ancient tradition that is renewed every year in homes and churches all over the world. This charming custom would be difficult to give up, as it remind us of childhood Christmases and the magnificent appearance of all these unique and […]

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The nativity scene has an ancient tradition that is renewed every year in homes and churches all over the world. This charming custom would be difficult to give up, as it remind us of childhood Christmases and the magnificent appearance of all these unique and unmistakable characters. Every year they are taken out of their box in the cellar, and as if by magic, they soon come to life before our very eyes, in the scenery of the silver stars, musk, white pebbles, wood and foil rivers.

The Neapolitan nativity, one of the most famous and classic scenes in our culture, has boasted of depicting not only the majestic birth of baby Jesus since the antiquity, but has always carefully and attentively dwelled on agricultural life in its depiction of everyday people and typical jobs of yesterday and today.

In time, this focus on realism and costume-making has recently evolved into the creation of moving nativity scenes. The terracotta figures, dressed in velvet and braids but also more humble and more realistic fabrics, come to life thanks to the motorised system hidden within the art, which repeat the old movements of their profession.

We have, therefore, women that scrub the door, farmers that hoe the garden or feed the animals, old gossiping next-door neighbours that throw seeds to the chickens, fruit pickers, pork roasters with their roasters, and so on.

An infinitely small yet realistic world, wrapped up in ancient, timeless splendour, whose background and lights take on an even more magical charm. The moving nativity statues are all handmade, which makes them unique, collectable pieces.

Shepherds are particularly consecrated in the moving nativity, like the old shepherd who carries a rabbit in his arms or the one who moves his grain with his herd, the shepherd who brings the donkey or the one that guides the cow, or the milkmaid that shaves the sheep or even the one who milks the goat. Many characters from a forgotten time come to life in this timeless frame of the nativity.

 

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10 decorations for your Christmas tree http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/10-decorations-christmas-tree/ Thu, 17 Nov 2016 15:52:31 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=171 The summer seemed to be over in the blink of an eye, and it is weird to think about Christmas already. Yet, as autumn turns the leaves gold and the first cold invites you to get out your warmer, softer, cozier clothes, while the sunset […]

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The summer seemed to be over in the blink of an eye, and it is weird to think about Christmas already. Yet, as autumn turns the leaves gold and the first cold invites you to get out your warmer, softer, cozier clothes, while the sunset is clouded with purple and silver and we rediscover comforting hot drinks and warm homes, our minds already fly to the time when we’re going to pull out the tree and decorate it for the best Christmas ever.

The charm of Christmas decorations has an ancient and precious tradition. Infinitely fragile, beautiful trinkets, which we were scared to break by just looking at them as children, still drew us in with their fascinating precious jewels.

Even today, as the Christmas spirit starts to spread again, I am instantly reminded of its enchanting decorations. I still have some, which have miraculously escaped time, being hit and moving house, and are enclosed in an overstuffed suitcase, just like a precious treasure. Moreover, every year I like to renew my tree, but always keeping tradition and that slightly old-fashioned taste in mind, which calls to mind past Christmases and stories lost to time.

Online Christmas decorations will soon satisfy this desire to renew and decorate the tree, offering the possibility of targeted and well-structured research. I have already decided what I will give as presents next Christmas: high quality, exclusive and beautiful Christmas items found online, handmade with traditional techniques and painted with the taste and care of times gone by.

Below is a selection of 10 Christmas tree decorations that you can find on holyart.com

Heart Shaped Bauble in gold blown glass with gold tree decoration 100mm

 

 

 

100mm tree decoration with a golden glass heart and rhinestones. A fragile, lightweight glass heart decorated with gold filigree and tiny rhinestones, like lace woven by elves.

 

 

 

 

Christmas tree angel decoration Holy Land olive wood

 

 

Wooden olive tree Bethlehem angel tree decoration. Handmade by craftsmen in Bethlehem with olive tree wood that has been wrapped in its silver greenery for centuries in this distant land, now made infinitely closer.

 

 

Christmas bauble, ivory and silver glass 15cm

 

 

 

 

15cm ivory silver glass Christmas tree decoration, made of opaque ivory blown glass, painted and decorated by hand. A decoration inspired by Victorian Christmas trees: elegant and refined, like the waltz.

 

 

Christmas tree decoration in Holy Land olive wood, drop with nat

 

 

 

Olive teardrop Holy Land nativity tree decoration: the whole mystery and wonder of Christmas Eve in a teardrop shape, carved in olive wood. A decoration that is also a crib, and whose simplicity and perfection contains all the soul of the festive feast.

 

 

Oval Christmas bauble in green and gold blown glass 130mm

 

 

 

 

130mm Green and gold egg ball for Christmas tree. I chose this unique decoration, but really, I love all the decorations from this series: authentic blown glass jewellery, which is painted and decorated by hand, reminiscent of the shape and technique of the traditional priceless Fabergé eggs.

 

 

Heart Shaped Bauble in blown glass with lace decoration 100mm

 

 

 

100mm Lace glass heart decoration made of blown glass and painted by hand with a lace pattern, which tells of an ancient and refined tradition. Delicate and beautiful, each piece is unique and unrepeatable.

 

 

Christmas tree bauble, gold painted glass 15cm

 

 

 

15cm Golden painted glass tree decoration, created with traditional methods and hand tools to ensure that each piece is unique and valuable. The precious gold painting and exquisite decorations emphasise rather than conceal the delicate beauty of these decorations.

 

 

 

Heart Shaped Bauble in blown glass with red and gold decoration in relief 100mm

 

 

 

 

100mm Red/gold heart with relief decorations, a few red brush strokes to give a festive touch to this beautiful heart-shaped, blown glass decoration, handmade with relief decoration.

 

Heart Shaped bauble in black and gold blown glass with red stones 100mm

 

 

 

 

100mm Black and gold Christmas heart and red stones, a decoration that is a treasure: blown glass adorned with synthetic stones that make you think of a fairytale treasure chest.

 

 

Christmas bauble, red blown glass and gold decorations 15cm

 

 

 

 

15cm Red blown glass Christmas bauble with golden decorations, another vintage-style object that reminds you of big trees in the living room, decorated like those in the wonderful tradition of Charles Dickens’ novels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIY Nativity: create your own small masterpiece http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/diy-nativity-create-small-masterpiece/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 15:58:09 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=166 The tradition of the nativity scene has always been very strong in Italy. Nativities made of every material and size enrich Italian homes, small and large churches, and all places where the Christmas spirit lingers and spreads. In recent years, this tradition has taken on […]

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The tradition of the nativity scene has always been very strong in Italy. Nativities made of every material and size enrich Italian homes, small and large churches, and all places where the Christmas spirit lingers and spreads.

In recent years, this tradition has taken on a new and very particular ‘trend’: assembling your own crib by yourself, according to your whim, creativity and own tastes. Almost a child’s game, you create a perfect detailed little village, but it is a very serious game, which in certain cases results in small works of art, as used to happen with dollhouses.

The DIY Nativity offers an infinite range of possible combinations. In addition to sets and locations for DIY nativities made of real moss, cork and wood, you can buy accessories that allow you to customise it to the tiniest detail: animals of the manger, miniature food, gates, railings and balconies, lanterns and lights cribs, lichen and moss plants, pumps and electric motors for electric fountains, electric mills, furnaces, waterfalls, streams, even tiles for the roofs of houses! Backdrops and panels can be useful to create even richer and more suggestive scenes.

This wealth of detail guarantees the DIY nativity a wonderful realistic effect. The manger comes alive with small details that seem to live their own lives. The commitment and dedication in achieving such a work reflects the spirit of devotion, which manifests itself in an activity, which is at the same time old and new, requiring care, imagination, and attention. The DIY manger is an act that enriches its creator that forms small, special and unique worlds, making a manifestation of an inner vision of spirituality, tradition and beauty.

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The Christmas items to rediscover the value of communion and the spirituality of Christmas http://192.168.99.122/com/christmas/christmas-items-rediscover-value-communion-spirituality-christmas/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:32:45 +0000 http://192.168.99.122/com/?p=160 Christmas is perhaps the most heartfelt and celebrated occasion by Christians around the world. It is especially due to its religious significance, the perpetual renewal of the immense mystery of the incarnation of God becoming man, of his miraculous birth, a prelude to eternal salvation […]

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Christmas is perhaps the most heartfelt and celebrated occasion by Christians around the world. It is especially due to its religious significance, the perpetual renewal of the immense mystery of the incarnation of God becoming man, of his miraculous birth, a prelude to eternal salvation for all men.

Christmas, however, conquers even the most lukewarm believers with its atmosphere, as if there’s really a beneficial aura that descends among men during this period, with a heap of hope and almost magical harmony.

Perhaps it is also due to the Christmas items that adorn houses, churches, and even shop windows. There is also nativity scenes, representations of the nativity, and of course, Christmas decorations for the home, Christmas decorations for the tree, Christmas candles, statues of the baby Jesus and the Holy Family.

The world changes its face at Christmas; it changes the very air that you breathe in houses.

Above all, the tradition of the manger is widespread in our country in all its forms: from the more classic (stone manger, Neapolitan manger, terracotta manger, crib olive tree in Jerusalem), to the more modern (resin manger, modern stylised manger).

And do not forget the Christmas lights, of course, external or internal, on trees or balconies, with colourful and pulsating lights that illuminate the celebration and help to create an enchanted, suspended atmosphere.

Even more than that, there is the gifts to be exchanged under the tree, however with an eye to the true meaning of Christmas, too often forgotten in favour of arid consumerism. Christmas books with so many wonderful stories for children, Christmas images, pop ups, magnets, calendars, games, DVDs and CDs of Christmas music with Christmas stories, Christmas holy picture. There are many gift ideas to make this a very special celebration and rediscover together the value of communion and spirituality.

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