Friday, December 4, 2009

Advent Calender Day 4th! - Barbara Day




Hello Everyone and Happy St. Barbara's Day! Thanks for stopping by and joining us here at our Belles 'n Whistles Advent Calender with daily Goody Bag giveaways. Each worth over $25, filled with Prima Flowers, embellishments, a mixture rubber stamps (including Magnolia & Alota rubber stamps) as well as a Belles 'n Whistles stamp in each one!!! The Belles 'n Whistles DT likes to share with you card ideas, Christmassy projects and Advent traditions!

Today I like to share a German tradition with you. This 4th of December is also called "Barbara Tag" in Germany (St. Barbara's Day). This Day is named after St. Barbara from Nikomedia. The legend says Barbara was the daughter of a rich business man in the 3rd century. She converted to Christianity against her fathers will and because of that she was tortured, condemned and sentenced to death. On her way to the dungeon a cherry branch got caught in her dress. Barbara watered the little branch with water from her drinking cup. On the day of her execution the branch was in full bloom. And from this story a tradition originated. The tradition is that on the 4th day of December a branch from a fruit tree is cut (mostly cherry or apple) sometimes also a forsythia branch and put into lukewarm water to bloom at Christmas. It also brightens the gray winter time a bit. :-) Barbara is also the patron saint of the miners and geo-scientists. And it is a tradition to celebrate this day in all mines.

But I have not only a story to share with you ;-) I also like to show you a Christmas Journal I altered. It is a 10 year journal ( I think I found this at Tuesday Morning) to keep your Christmas memories and photos. Isn't that a great gift idea for a friend? I made mine to give it to my best friend for Christmas. I used part of the 'Star of Bethlehem' stamp for it. I thought Belle carrying the star would make the perfect image for my journal.








This is just one of many German traditions for this time of the year. Have you heard of it before? I would love to know! Leave as comment and tell me! I liked sharing it with you and hope you liked it too!

Please come back here to our blog everyday to read what traditions, projects and stories my fellow DT friends have to share with you. I can tell you already this is going to be a very exciting Advent time!!! :-D And now don't forget to leave your entry and comment here to be eligible for the daily prize drawing!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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63 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous Kathrin! Gorgeous coloring! The journal is just beautiful and really elegant looking! Your friend is awfuly lucky to have this.

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  2. This is a beautiful journal, the image is just adorable and the papers are really scrummy. Thank you for sharing.
    Suzi x

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  3. I have never heard this tradition before, enjoyed learning about it. Your journal is so elegant! Love the colors!

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  4. I enjoyed hearing your story--thanks for sharing. Love your beautiful journal, your friend will surely love it, too!

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  5. I love the journal that you made it is so beautiful. There is a German tradition of putting a pickel on the tree and the child that finds it receives and extra present.

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  6. What a beautiful journal. Your friend will love it. TFS.

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  7. That is a great tradition that I've never heard. Thank you so much for sharing it - loved your journal too!
    hugs,
    Gini

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  8. Never heard of this before, and my hubby's background is German based. Sounds good though.

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  9. I beautiful story to go with a beautiful card!

    Blessings,
    Christine

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  10. Iris thanks for sharing your tradition! What an amazing card hun! Your coloring is so stunning!!!
    Hugs~ Kim

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  11. Thanks for a chance to win! Love the card!

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  12. Never heard that story before...TFS! I love the journal book!

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  13. Learn something new everyday! I didn't know about this day! Thanks for sharing a great story! Awesome project!

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  14. I am familiar with several German Christmas traditions, but not that one! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I'm not familiar with this tradition and it was lovely to read about it.
    If you need a new best friend I'll gladly fill the role - that book is just gorgeous. So beautiful.

    Ann xxx

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  16. Beautiful Journal you have decorated. This stamp is a little beauty. I had not heard of this tradition before and it was lovely to read about it. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Marion

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  17. Thank you for sharing that German story with us. It's a bit sad, but turns lovely, and I think it's a great tradition to carry through the years. You've created a beautiful 10 year journal, and maybe that too will show some of the traditions that you've carried to the next generations when it is passed down. :) What a wonderful idea!
    xoxo...Elise

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  18. Thanks for sharing a lovely card and the meaning behind this german tradition, it was fascinating to hear!

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  19. This Journal is beautiful, I love the holly embellishments.

    Hugs
    Penni
    X

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  20. Two lovely traditions, I have a cherry blossom tree in the garden so I might give it a go you never know I might have pretty cherry blossom on christmas day. Thanks Julye

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  21. HI Iris,
    What a very lucky friend - a lovely gift beautifully made. I have never heard of this tradition but I think it is lovely - I may even do this myself!!
    Hugs
    Dawn xx

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  22. I've never heard of St. Barbara's Day. It sounds very interesting. We know people who have moved to Germany so maybe they will hear about it and tell us more.
    Your journal is beautiful!

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  23. Such an interesting read Thankyou gorgeous Journal, fab image love the colours your friend will love it
    Anne xx

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  24. what a wondeful journal... love the stamp you have used...your friend will love receiving this gift...
    kaz_za

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  25. Thanks for the explanation of the tradition, Iris. My family did cut branches around the 4 December some years but I don't think we knew where the tradition originated. :)

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  26. It's nice to learn about other traditions and what a stunning journal. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

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  27. Such a beautiful story and now tradition, it is not one I have heard before but I loved reading it. The journal has been decorated stunningly, the image is perfect for it.
    Kim xXx

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  28. Wow! This is a stunning journal! I love it!!

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  29. We don't have this tradition here in Belgium, I've never heard it before but it's very nice! Hugs, Annelies

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  30. Thanks for sharing your tradition! And what a beautiful card, the image is adorable.
    Hugs, Vanja

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  31. I haven't heard the story of St Barbara before. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Donna x

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  32. What a beautiful tradition! In Poland we also celebrate St. Barbara's Day - it's called 'Barbórka'. It's the patron saint of miners.

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  33. I've never heard of this tradition so I enjoyed reading about it. I must lead a sheltered life - either that or i'm always too busy scrappin and card makin to pay attention!

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  34. How fun to learn about other traditions! Thanks so much for sharing with us, and what a gorgeous journal! :)

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  35. I haven't ever heard about St. Barbara's day.
    The journal is gorgeous! I love that image.

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  36. What a lovely journal! I'm sure your friend will love it. I've never heard of that tradition before, although my family usually does that with Pussy Willow branches in January or February.

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  37. Your journal is fabulous, and I enjoyed reading about the December 4th tradition.
    Happy Friday.
    Tanya

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  38. wow such a beautiful card.. it is so traditional.. love it!! :)

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  39. Oops, don't know what happened to my comment... anyway, that was a beautiful story! but i have not heard it before this... i've enjoyed it though! hugs!

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  40. Oh I love the story of Barbara Day! I have not heard that before.

    Your card is so beautiful. The holly is so cute!

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  41. Stunning card. That image is gorgeous and I love the colours on this card. Marianne x

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  42. What a beautiful tradition! I may have to try it out this year!
    Absolutely beautiful card!!

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  43. O ja, diese Tradition kenne ich :-)
    Yes, for sure I know this tradition.
    It´s really exciting to see and a little miracle too, who the flowers grow out of the branches at this time of the year.
    I like the Christmas-Journal you made and this image is lovely used this way.
    My sons like to put the star up the tree each year. We put a paper in the Box with the decorations for the tree which has the name of the boy on it, who´s turn it is. ;-)
    I love you Calendar. It´s a pleasure to come here every day!
    XX Kathi

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  44. Beautiful journal! Love the paper
    Hugs
    Hazel

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  45. Huhu Iris,
    weißt Du, daß wir in Germany an diesem Tag Zweige von Obstbäumen in eine Vase stellen, die dann blühen?
    Liebe Grüße
    Melodie

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  46. Que interesante es la idea de este calendario, me gusta! Esta genial!

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  47. What a beautiful traditional story Iris!! Thanks for sharing and I love the journal! Going to create one for my boss for christmas~~love the idea!!
    Blessings
    Mary Lou

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  48. Such a beautiful gift! And I loved reading about St Barbara - not heard of that tradition before, but it sounds a lovely idea!
    Love, Andrea xx

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  49. What a wonderful story to share. Now, if only I knew where some Cherry trees or Forsythia was to start one myself.

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  50. I did not know about St Barbara, so interesting. Your journal is beautiful, those papers are exquisite.
    hugs Angela x

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  51. Beautiful, elegant card and your coloring is perfect to go with the vintage feel! My grandmother is German, but the only tradition I can think of now is that she always let us open gifts on Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Your card is beautiful. I have never heard of that tradition before, and I am of German decent. Go figure.

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  53. What a beautiful story - I have never heard of St. Barbara before. Also a beautiful gift which I'm sure your friend will be delighted with.

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  54. Thanks so much for sharing. And I do love the card!

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  55. Thank you for taking the time to share this tradition with us and for showing us your journal. Very inspirational.

    Happy crafting

    Julie

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  56. Never heard that story before. Your journal are amazing, love it.
    Suzie

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  57. Iris, Thank you for sharing the story of St. Barbara's Day. I have heard about forcing a cherry branch, but I didn't know the story behind it!! It's nice to know the history behind it!! What a lovely journal!! Your friend is going to cherish it for years to come!!
    Hugs, Suzan

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  58. Iris, this is stunning!! Thanks so much for sharing more of your brilliance with us. I would love to create something as beautiful as your Christmas Journal some day when I have the time! :)

    Hugs!

    Elisabeth

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  59. No Iris..I have never heard of Barbara Day! Thank you for sharing the German tradition with us! It is a touching story and beautiful tradition, showing how something bright and hopefull could come from something so gloomy. Your gift is so very special and is the most beautiful memory book ever! Your friend will truly cherish it I am sure! ;D

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  60. Hello!

    My mother is a second generation German ancestry and my father was from Denmark so I am always fascinated by anything from these countries as I never was able to visit them. I did not know of St. Barbara or the tradition! I now will have December 4th on my calendar to celebrate her life! :<)

    Thank you for sharing!

    Barbara Diane

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