Every month, Wisteria makes a donation to a non-profit that inspires us. In our December catalog, we featured Operation Christmas Child (see page 54), an organization that relies on volunteers to donate, package, and ship shoeboxes filled with gifts and personal care items and distribute to needy children around the globe.
Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has partnered with local churches and ministry partners across the country to deliver gifts and share God’s love with needy children across the globe. To date, Operation Christmas Child has served over 100 million children in over 130 countries.
Operation Christmas Child finds creative solutions to reach remote villages across the globe.
Demonstrating God’s love in a tangible way, shoeboxes are delivered to children worldwide and received with great delight. Shoeboxes are filled with presents such as toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. For more information on their inspiring work or to make a donation, visit www.samaritanpurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.
This is the first in a series of December posts highlighting a Wisteria ornament and it’s special history. Check back all month long for more ornament stories and read here about the tradition of decorating Christmas trees.
The first featured ornament, and one of our best sellers, is the Set of 3 Sacred Heart Ornaments. These hearts, representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus, are hand crafted in the style of Mexican “milagros,” or miracles. The ornaments are made of brass and given an antique finish that will age over time.
Historically, in ancient Spanish folk culture, these small gold and silver figures were given as as offerings. Typically, milagros were given to saints when asking for a prayer to be answered. Others carried milagros with them for good luck and protection.
These beautiful hearts will look lovely hanging on your tree or used as gift toppers!
We wanted to share with you how we styled a look for a Modern Christmas. There are a lot of different styles incorporated into our designs at Wisteria. From modern to eclectic we love to create looks and styles with one simple meaning: beautiful …
Transform a modern room that works from holiday to everyday!
Our gilt coffee table atop a cowhide rug adds texture and shine that works all year long.
Metallic accessories add brightness to your room. Mix with modern wall art for a well rounded room. Shop the look here.
Since the beginning of the 18th century, decorating a tree for Christmas has been a tradition in the United States. However, the tradition of the Christmas tree started long before it became popular in the United States, most agree the custom developed in Germany in the late 1500s.
Unlike the glittery and bright baubles many of us use today, trees were traditionally decorated with foods such as apples, nuts and cookies. Popcorn and berries were also commonly used.
A reproduction of what a more traditional Christmas tree may have looked like with popcorn garland, candles and handmade ornaments. Photo Credit: Pinterest
One of the first manufactured decorations used was tinsel. When it was first created, tinsel was made of real silver. Machines would pull and stretch the metal into strips that people could hang and dangle from their trees. And of course, you can’t have a Christmas tree without lights! In the 1800s, trees were illuminated by candlelight. Now electrical lights are used – a much safer option! Ornaments take a variety of forms, shapes and sizes from hand blown glass bulbs to handmade ornaments made with glitter and glue.
Come back to the blog all month long for the histories and stories behind some of our ornaments. And be sure to tell us how you decorate your tree by leaving a comment!
The most famous Christmas Tree in America – The Rockefeller Christmas Tree. Photo Credit: news.holidash.com
On our way to India (the country of color) my friends Jenny, Stephanie, and I stopped by Dubai and played in the sand.
Later on I soaked up some much-needed sun. As you know the North Pole isn’t warm very often. India was absolutely amazing, filled with beautiful, wonderful people, and if life couldn’t get any better, the sights were gorgeous as well.
My friend Serge took me to visit the Amber Fort in Amer just outside of Jaipur.
Looking and learning at all of these places just serves as a reminder of how alike we all are. Land, language barriers, and cultures may separate us, but kindness is a universal language, which brings us together.
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