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Christmas crafts, decorations and cards
- with the look of Christmas Past

xmas scrapMaking Christmas crafts and decorations at home is a centuries-old tradition. "Deck the Halls" the Victorians would sing, as they filled the house with holly and evergreens, and set about stocking the kitchen with once-a-year delicacies for the feasting and merriment of Christmas.

Everyone in the family was busy making decorations for the proud Christmas tree;

  • glittering ornaments of tinsel and cut-out pictures,
  • paper chains and garlands, lace angels,
  • embroidered stockings and carved wooden toys

Christmas crafts are half the fun of the holiday, especially when you can make them with love and give them as special gifts.

Here are several projects that will get you in the spirit - fun and easy ones - to begin decking your halls. We are providing the vintage images and clip art that will bring that touch of Christmas past into your present.

As always, if you need anything for your crafts, Joann.com is online with fast delivery, and only a click away.

Christmas Crafts

Vintage Christmas Greetings

"Ten Vintage Christmas Greetings to Make" is a 40-page e-book with ready-to-print vintage images, complete instructions and card-making tips!

This is a must-have handbook for handmade Christmas cards that deliver a vintage punch. Pop ups, window cards, fabric inserts, paper tole, textured collage and many more techniques!

Christmas Stamp Card

Our Christmas Stamp Card was mass-produced for our personal 2009 cards.

You can make two from one piece of red cardstock! It couldn't be easier. Just the paper, the FREE clip art images, some paint, glitter and glue, and a hole punch.

Christmas Window Decoration

Get the look of painted stained glass with this Christmas Window Decoration.

It starts with an old window frame, and you apply vintage images, liquid leading, and glass glitter. We give you eight FREE templates and images - and the premier supplier of glass glitter!

Christmas Place Cards

Need Christmas Place Cards - right now?

This is the craft for you. All you need is our FREE download template, blank address label sheets, paper, scissors and a pen. You'll be ready to set the table in a minute.


The Many Symbols of Christmas

Christmas is a holiday rich in historic and cultural influences. As the early Christian church grew, its leaders studied Jewish Messianic prophesies to determine the date of Jesus' birth. It took several hundred years for the church to settle on December 25, and the date seems chosen, in part, to distance it from the Roman winter celebration of Saturnalia. The earliest written reference to the Christmas celebration on that date comes from an illuminated manuscript from the year 354.

Many of the symbols of Christmas are scriptural; the manger, the three wise men and their gifts, singing angels, and the Star of Bethlehem. Many more are remnants of pagan myths and winter celebrations, including evergreen trees and wreaths, holly, mistletoe, the yule log, the feasting table, and yes - Santa Claus. As these filtered through the centuries and world cultures, a holiday season was distilled during the Victorian period.

By the mid-19th century, Christmas characters and events were being depicted much as we know them today. Manger scenes were lovingly assembled in churches and homes. Santa Claus had evolved from a number of magical gift-givers (the Nordic yule gods, St. Nicholas, the Russian female Kolyada, and the Christ Child or Christkindl) into the merry, red-suited, elfin figure we now recognize, as first depicted by artist Thomas Nast in 1863. The Victorians, with the help of writer Charles Dickens and the great carol composers, embraced the spirit of the holiday and wove its many symbols and legends into a celebration of redemption, love and generosity.

Do you have a favorite Christmas craft?

We would enjoy hearing from you with ideas, comments or questions. Please, contact us with a note!

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