christmas trivia

  • Burlap Christmas Decorations

    You've probably noticed that burlap is hot in home decor. Perhaps because it can complement so many decorating styles, this simple fabric is showing up everywhere from do-it-yourself projects to chic home stores. Christmas decorating is certainly no exception. A quick perusal of Pinterest turned up a treasure trove of burlap items.

    One of the simplest ways to add burlap to your home is on the dining table. A simple length of fabric can serve as a runner to anchor your centerpiece and serving platters. Or take it to the next level by weaving together 2 colors of burlap, as shown by the gals at Six Sisters Stuff. Yes, that's right, you can buy colored burlap - just imagine the additional possibilities! :)

    Michelle at Sweet Something Designs layered burlap placemats over red plaid for a nice textural contrast. As she demonstrates with her outdoor tablescape, this look could easily be tweaked to work for any season or holiday.

    If you're interested in a little splash of burlap in the living room, a throw pillow is perfect. Etsy, the source for so much handmade loveliness, has several cute options for Christmas and winter. Or try making one yourself, using Amy's example at All In A Day.

     

     

     

     

     

    How about a little burlap on the front door? There are many different styles of  burlap wreaths, to suit any taste. Most use some type of embellishment.

     

     

     

     

     

    Allison, from A Glimpse Inside, wrapped the burlap around a form and added ribbon medallion flowers. Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous used strips of burlap, and Brooke created a ruffled look.

    Kathryn of NannyGoat wove a wire hanger through a long strip of burlap; you can't get much thriftier than that! She also attached her fabric rosettes with pins instead of glue, so that they easily can be switched out for different accent pieces in another season.

    Check out these adorable Christmas trees, made using burlap and other materials. Once again, the unique texture is what makes this fabric really stand out.

    Artsy Va Va added some metal stars to give her trees a more rustic look. The Shanty 2 Chic versions combine burlap and canvas fabrics for a clean, crisp wintry design - check out both tutorials, for the ruffled tree and the one covered with rosettes.

     

    In keeping with this trend, Merry Stockings is excited to present a new personalized burlap stocking. Choose red or green trim, the perfect look for your mantle this year.

    If this post has inspired you to try some burlap crafting, here are a few tips:

    • If you aren't able to find colored burlap, you can spray-paint it any color you want! (from Brooke at All Things Thrifty)
    • Burlap will dull your good fabric scissors, so use an old or inexpensive pair. (from Six Sisters' Stuff)

    Do you have any burlap decor items in your home? Anything you made yourself?

     

  • Top 13 Interesting Christmas Facts

    Here are some fun facts and trivia that should start some interesting discussions over Christmas dinner.

    MerryStockings.com gives you its Top 13 Fun Facts about Christmas that you could use to amaze your friends and your family!

    Enjoy!

    1. Christmas is actually a shortening of Christ's Mass.
    2. The first artificial Christmas trees were seen in Germany.  They gathered goose feathers and formed it into a tree after dyeing it green.
    3. The wildly popular Christmas song, "Jingle Bells", was not originally meant as a Christmas song.  It was actually written for Thanksgiving!
    4. If you true love did send you all those gifts mentioned in the Twelve Days of Christmas, you'd have enough gifts to last you a year.
    5. Christmas is sometimes depicted as Xmas.  This is because X in Greek means Christ.
    6. Thinking about a Christmas gift for a loved one?  Try diamonds.  More people buy diamonds around Christmas time than any other time of the year, including Valentine's Day.
    7. More Christmas gift buying facts:  Visa reported that during the Christmas season, their cards are used more than 5,300 time per minute.
    8. Still on gifts, did you know that 70% of all British dogs get a Christmas gift from their owners?
    9. The busiest shopping day of the year is not Black Friday, but the Saturday before Christmas.
    10. If you are looking for good uses for the good old Christmas tree after the holidays are through, then you can consider eating it.  A lot of the parts of a pine tree are actually edible.
    11. Famous people who celebrates the same birthday as Jesus Christ includes Isaac Newton, Humphrey Bogart, Cab Calloway, Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat, Rod Serling, Sissy Spacek, Armin van Buuren, Dido, Annie Lennox and Jimmy Buffett.
    12. Emperor Yoshihito of Japan, W.C. Fields, Johnny Ace, Frederick Law Olmsted, Charlie Chaplin, and Dean Martin are just some of the famous people who died on Christmas Day.
    13. A lovely story of generosity, Christmas stockings were said to have caught the pouches of gold coins that St. Nicholas gave three young maidens.  This legend started the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings.

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