I posted this card at the Spanish blog:"A crear se dijo!", for Memory Box...
a quick CAS (clean and simple) card
although this card does not have the traditional Christmas colors or the candles representing the colors of advent I wanted to make a card for this second week of advent ...
and as you may have noticed, on this season I am in the mood to use unusual colors!!!
So here it is this card!
Yesterday, December 7th marked the beginning of Christmas time in Colombia, here in the USA is pretty much right after Thanksgiving, (end of November) but in Colombia, where I spend my childhood, all the cities light the buildings and streets, and the people at home lit candles and placed them on their porches...in honor of the "Immaculate Conception day of the virgin Mary", celebrated next day today, the 8th!
so everybody gets out in their neighborhoods and visits their neighbors and admires each others houses with the candles placed in pretty handmade lanterns (like the Asian ones) ...
It is supposedly made to welcome The Virgin Mary, Colombia as most Latin American countries is still very religious...
it is an amazing show!!!
I miss so much this celebration BUT...even though I am miles away from my native country I still keep this tradition and I lit candles here at home.
One year I made a party with all my American friends and introduce them to this holiday and everybody lit lanterns in the garden!!!
It is very similar to the Indian celebration of "Diwali" (the festival of lights)...
The tradition dictates that on this day, on the 7th, also, the nativities are set up, so yesterday I spend my day finishing up setting up all my nativities, I collect them and I have quite a few !!!
I lit my lanterns and of course I lit the 2 candles on my advent wreath...
Below it is a photo of one of the many nativities that I have from Colombia.
This one is a miniature one, the size of a quarter (25c) carved from an indigenous nut called "Tagua"
and this other one, was painted by one of my dear Colombian painter friends: Carlos Baquero.
He represented Colombia, Bogota with all its landmarks:
-the Christ on the mountain facing the cathedral on the other mountain, with its famous Funicular
-the modern part of the city with its skyscrapers and the old colonial downtown...and its traditions
on this unusual nativity made out of wood and painted with acrylics.
Do you see the Holy family on the center of the painting riding the bus?
I love this nativity!!! for what it represents...
as for St Nicks' day on Saturday, December 6th, do you remember that I shared right here with you all the tag that I made to celebrate Saint Nicholas day?
Well, My husband as every year forgot that his shoe had a surprised inside!!! :)
How about you did you get something?
I know some of my french friends told me that they remembered this day but do not celebrated it anymore...how sad!!!
As for my upcoming "special" days during this advent time, I will be going to church this coming Friday December 12th, When Mexico gets ready to celebrate the Feast of the Virgin Guadalupe and on the 13th, this coming Saturday it is St Lucy's day celebrated on most Scandinavian countries...festivity that I got to know, when visiting my father...
Ok my friends, I know you must be very busy too celebrating your way according to your traditions..
what it is important is to live in the present, enjoy this beautiful season, grasp the magic of this Christmas and keep on crafting! Creation is wonderful!
I will see you soon with another holiday card \
Thanks for the visit
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