Growing up many of us were told of the jolly old man with the big white beard and big belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly when he laughed. This man is Santa Claus—also known as Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply Santa—the man in red who shimmies down the chimney each Christmas Eve to deliver gifts to all the children who’ve been nice. Though this depiction has evolved into a fantastical character, the origins of Santa Claus actually stem from a 4th-century bishop named Saint Nicholas.
Saint Nicholas was a Greek Christian bishop of Myra, a province of the Byzantine Empire, now in Turkey. Saint Nicholas was extremely religious and devoted his entire life to Christianity. He became famous for his generosity—giving gifts to the poor—and is usually portrayed as a bearded bishop in canonical robes. In honor of his selfless actions, December 6 was known as Saint Nicholas’ Day. Children were bestowed gifts in his honor by their families the night before. This date later changed to December 24, following the course of the Reformation initiated by Martin Luther.
The story of Santa Claus varies slightly in each culture, taking on their own adaptation, but the heart of the story remains the same—emerging from a single Saint who gifted to the poor.
Our Nordic and Seaside Santas are a simple reminder of this special story.
Our Nordic Santa is prepared for the winter season—bundled up and ready to go with a bushel of holly, a pinecone walking stick, and a lantern to light the way down those chimneys.
Decked in hues taken from the sea, our Seaside Santa is a coastal-inspired take on the man in red. Toting a bounty of real shells, he’ll add a splash of maritime cheer to your holiday collection.
Featuring intricate details and lifelike qualities, each of our Santas are made completely by hand and will make a festive addition to your traditional or coastal-inspired spread.
Zardosi is an intricate Persian embroidery technique that dates back to the Mughal Empire under the patronage Emperor Akbar. Traditionally done in gold bullion wire (Zardosi is a Persian word that means sewing with gold), this detailed needlework was once used by Persian royalty to embellish their garments and accessories. Due to industrialization and loss of royal patronage, this unique and extremely detailed technique is now practiced by only a handful of artisans—a dying art we’d like to keep alive.
The Zardosi embroidery process begins with the artisan sitting (usually cross-legged) around the wooden framework with their tools. These tools include curved hooks, needles, gold or silver wire, and whatever style beads or sequins they choose. The design is then traced onto the fabric and stretched over a wooden frame—the intricate embroidery then begins.
Our Zardosi Isaiah Crown Wall Art is fit for a king and will deliver a spiritual element to a wall space. Profiled in a gold wood frame, this ornate crown features delicate, hand-sewn beads and is outlined with the verse from Isaiah 28:5, “In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.”
Our Zardosi Cross Wall Art fits with holiday or everyday decor. Featuring an ornate crown atop a cross, this intricately detailed piece delivers the message from Isaiah 40:29–31, “He gives his power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength . . .”
Last but not least, our Zardosi Psalms Crown Wall Art features an ornate crown on a bed of laurel leaves above the verse from Psalms 149:4, “For the Lord takes delight in his people he crowns the humble victory.” This beautiful piece is embroidered on stretched canvas over a wood frame.
We can’t imagine how a wonderfully unique and traditional technique has become almost obsolete, and though it’s not much, we hope these pieces will help keep this dying art alive.
The origins of blue and white ceramics are rooted in Persia, once traveling to China down the Silk Road. It was here the craft was perfected by skilled artisans, and soon these handcrafted pieces became a vital component of China’s export trade. The popularity of these classic pieces continues today, and as you can see we’re quite enamored by their beauty—translating this appreciation into our Blue & White Collection. Inspired by this classic style, we’ve created an array of pieces—ranging from pottery to wall art to holiday decor—that transform this time-honored tradition into a carefully curated collection.
Now that the holiday season is among us, we’ve selected a few timeless blue and white pieces we know will make great gifts.
Our Koi Fish Salt & Pepper Shakers make a wonderful gift for the kitchen enthusiast.
This set of Chinese Floral Ornaments are the perfect addition to a traditional tree.
And of course, you shouldn’t forget to treat yourself! Deck the halls with our Chinese Bud Vases and your favorite blooms and deck the walls with our Chinese Pottery Wall Art.
“I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china.” – Oscar Wilde
Check out the rest of our gifts here!
When it comes to decorating for the holidays, the same ornaments on the same tree can become less fun and exciting. Luckily Wisteria’s four holiday collections supply you with a variety of great ornaments to choose from, whether you hang them on your tree, mantel, a present, or in a cloche.
Incorporating ornaments into the centerpiece of your table will give the room a little extra shine and shimmer! Arrange ornaments from our “Bountiful Bag” around a few extra Christmas tree branches or garland with some of your favorite ornaments.
Another fabulous way to decorate is by filling a cloche with a variety of favored ornaments. Add your cloche to a side table, mantel, or dining room for a stylish touch!
Dangling Beaded Snow flakes over your dining room table will give a beautiful snowfall effect! You can use fishing line for a subtler feel or you can droop them from ribbon. Both options will look phenomenal for your holiday meal!
For more ornamental inspiration, check out our trim a tree collection and our holiday boards on Pinterest!
Happy Holidays and Merry Decorating!
The coast is beautiful year round, but there is something about the coast during winter that’s really magical. Maybe it’s the way the snow looks like icing on the beach, or it could be the sandy snowmen perched near the ocean, or it’s possible the reason is the pastel sea shells hanging on the trees. Whichever aspect, our team at Wisteria brought the magic and elements of the seas inside to enjoy this holiday season.
One of our favorite coastal turned Christmas items is the Seaside Stockings. Pick your favorite seashell, seahorse, or coral, and hang them up on your mantel or even your bedposts for Santa. The brown and ivory jute also works well with a variety of colors and looks.
Another item we love is the Seaside Garland. Made from real sand dollars and starfish—these pieces will send your holiday décor on a beach vacation. Hang them up on your tree, from your mantel, or around your windows. This garland will look fabulous wherever you choose.
Our a BAAAH-BY Is Born Felt Nativity set gives your coastal theme a cute felt accent while keeping consistent with the rest of the look. This sheep scene nativity will be a hit among friends, family, and kids. Set them up on a table or your mantel during the holiday season, or even all year round.
If you fancy giving your décor a refreshing coastal look this Christmas, check out our Coastal Wonderland look and our Coastal Wonderland Board on Pinterest for inspiration and ideas.