Christmas gets a lot of attention in the digital scrapbooking community and we love to scrap about Christmas! We also have readers from all over the world who celebrate many other wonderful ways in December and I’m excited to share some of their inspiration with you. I (Katie) have always loved learning about all sorts of different holidays and I enjoy teaching my family about the different ways that people celebrate. We’ve participated in Hanukkah and St. Lucia activities even though they are not a part of our traditional culture.
Daily Digi team member Anne lives in Norway and says “We usually celebrate St. Lucia, at least my kid does something for it at school and if we have time I tell him the story about St. Lucia. I know this is a much more celebrated day in Sweden. So if anyone has been there in December I’m sure they have some photos of it
I made a page with Be Merry by Dianne Rigdon Design from the December files and used a template from Yin. It is from when my kid was in kindergarten and they visited an elder home (or what you call it) and sang for them.
Digi scrapper Dana created a beautiful layout about Hanukkah. She says “this year, i decided that we would learn about hanukkah since it is celebrated by a portion of our extended family. we had a great time reading books and participating in some of the traditions – it was so fun!”
Layout by Dana – link to credits
Digi scrapper star74 shared the tradition of St. Nicholas Day with this layout. She says “Widely celebrated in Europe, St. Nicholas’ feast day, December 6th, kept alive the stories of his goodness and generosity. In the Netherlands and Belgium, St. Nicholas arrived on a steamship from Spain to ride a white horse on his gift-giving rounds. December 6th is still the main day for gift giving and merrymaking in much of Europe. For example, in the Netherlands St. Nicholas is celebrated on the 5th, the eve of the day, by sharing candies (thrown in the door), chocolate initial letters, small gifts, and riddles. Dutch children leave carrots and hay in their shoes for the saint’s horse, hoping St. Nicholas will exchange them for small gifts. So this is our DS’s St.Nic’s hat!!!”
Layout by star74 link to credits
Here in the northern hemisphere of the world, we are all used to Christmas being associated with winter. Of course, even in the north, not everyone has a “White Christmas”. In the southern hemisphere, summer is in season and Santa is more likely to wear shorts than a furry red suit! Don’t be afraid to reflect what your Christmas environment is really like in your area, it adds interest to the story! Of course, it’s also perfectly fine to use some wintery digi scrap supplies on your pages as well. No one is going to turn you in – no scrapbook police here!
Digi Scrapper estir bune illustrates a tropical vacation Santa in Australia. She says “my daughter thinks Santa should do Australia last on his route so he can spend a bit of vacation time there!!!!”
Layout by estir bune – link to credits
If you’re looking for some supplies to help you scrap other December celebrations or a non-traditional Christmas, here are a few fun ones to check out! (All images are linked)
Hope you have a Happy December, however you celebrate!
P.S. Sandy_in_MD was the random winner selected from those that commented on Lauren Grier. She won $10 in product from La!