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Christmas decorations, Religious vs traditional

(Grimm Exhibition) #1

I usually make Xmas decorations with Father Christmas or snowmen on them(below) and they have been popular , but this year i thought Id try to make more religious themed decorations. I made a couple of crosses and sold them in about a week(thanks to a crafty pal on FB).
This has got me wonrdering.
Do you make traditional or religious items and which sell better?
Do you get comments from people saying its nice to see religious items?
Any info feedback would be interesting to read.

(Louise Grace Jewellery) #2

I personally don’t make Christmas items (usually because I end up keeping them) but I do buy a lot of decorations. I’m not a religious person but I love the religious story behind Christmas so I have a mix of traditional and religious decorations around my house, I think a lot of people are the same.
Theres also a huge amount of people now who aren’t Christian or from traditionally Christian areas who join in with the festivities and decorate so non-religious decorations are perfect for them.

I guess what I was trying to say was a mix of both are always nice to see in shops. :christmas_tree:

(Eileens Craft Studio) #3

I love to see both. I make both but don’t have religious ones in my shop at present but I this year I did for Easter.

Oh wait I have a candle cross stitch Christmas tag for Jesus light of the world, but I doubt most people wouldn’t know that’s what a single candle at Christmas would represent.

I’ve done cross stitch Christmas cards before of the shepherds, the wise men, the Nativity and choirs of angels. They always sold at Craft Fairs.

I prefer both as Christmas is about Christ.

(Brenda Cumming) #4

I agree with Eileen…if you have the time, do both because there are lots of people from different cultures who still send Christmas cards and gifts. Just remember not to make too many as (mentioned above) you could get lumbered with unsold items for a whole year …

(Grimm Exhibition) #5

Thanks for your feedback.
I agree its good to have both. i cant beleive it took me so long to realise theres more than 1 type of decoration style for the season.
Although I really feel like i have to think about the materials I use. Glitter on a cross doesnt seem appropriate so Ive tried to keep it plain/minimal or give it an olde worlde look by using things like gold/silver leaf.
Im working on a new idea of making mini Bible decorations, like an open book with relevant text inside. Nothing to show you at the mo, just an idea.

Ive heard angels and nativity scenes are popular.
What does the single candle represent @EileensCraftStudio ?

(Eileens Craft Studio) #6

A single candle represents Jesus as the light of the World.

Duing advent the 4 sundays running up to Christmas one is light every sunday and then Christmas Day is middle one is light which is the larger one.

Often at baptisms a Candle is given to the one being baptized again to remind the recipient that Jesus is the light of the World and to let that light shine in their lives

(Diane Keeble) #7

Last year I made a few of both. I am a Christian and the real meaning of Christmas is really important to me but I appreciate that it’s not what everyone wants. I will be really interested to see what you make x

(Grimm Exhibition) #8

Huge apologies for the awful photos. I made a mock up version of a Bible book type decoration last night, stuck together with sticky tape and using lack lustre materials.
Its meant to be a mini Bible with a cross on the front(Il probably use silver leaf or mirror solution) and inside will be a relevant Bible quote(Ive added “The greatest story ever told” in th epicture but think that may be from a film)
It measure 1"x1.5", imagine it with a jump ring at the top of the spine and ribbon to hang it with. Il solder it so its open like it is in the picture or would it be better to try to find a way to make it open and close(which Im trying to avoid as its gonna be tricky)

(Eileens Craft Studio) #9

Lovely idea. :smile:

and yes that title is the title of a film.

(Grimm Exhibition) #10

Thanks. I hear its going to rain over the weekend so il probably stay in a do some soldering. Il have to find another quote for the inside, not keen on film related things for a Bible decoration.

(Stevenbowlerdesigns) #11

NO; christmas is about new underpants and socks and nice biscuits in a tin

(Eileens Craft Studio) #12

lol that made me giggle :stuck_out_tongue:

(Eileens Craft Studio) #13

errmmm how about something from Matthew chapter 1 maybe verse 21 you could either use the old king james version or the newer New International version.

The kings james says, " And she shall bright forth a son and thou shalt call his name Jesus."

or as in the NIV ,“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus”

(Grimm Exhibition) #14

@stevenbowlerdesigns and TV, especially Bond films, and sprouts.

@EileensCraftStudio Thanks for the info, nice phrases. Il be having a look at the Bible at some point for phrases. I did read something on the internet about the Jesus story and calling the boy (somehting like) Emmanuel …I though to myself, have I got the whole story wrong, I thought his name was Jesus!!! Maybe I misread it.

(Stevenbowlerdesigns) #15

hee hee, that was a nice smile, Eileen. Nice to have a giggle.

(Eileens Craft Studio) #16

Yep the verse goes on to expand Emmanuel meaning God with us.

(Heather De Gruyther) #17

Personally I don’t think you can beat a nativity for Christmas! I’m a sucker for them and have more than I know what to do with (incl. a real live one I help organise every Christmas Eve with the children from the church) :smiley:
Hope you come up with some good ideas - it’s nice to have a mix. I have Father Christmas, crackers, snowmen and Christmas puddings on my tree alongside angels and olive wood decorations depicting the Christmas story.

(Grimm Exhibition) #18

Thanks for the ideas, especially the cracker one, Ive realised i hav some pieces of glass which are the perfect shape for them!

(Grimm Exhibition) #19

Argh! im trying to fit text into he worlds smallest space! Prayers would be handy right now.

(Wendy Hough) #20

I make both.

Quirky fused glass ones and a stained glass nativity both hanging and freestanding. The interest is there for both