A VERY MAVEN HOLIDAY || Holidays Around The World

With Hanukkah only a week away and Christmas just around the corner, we decided we wanted to share some traditions from a few of our artisan countries! Of course, this is just a snippet of each country’s traditions, but it’s so interesting to learn how similar and different they all are from our own!

A very Catholic country in Central America, the Christmas celebration begins nine days before the holiday, with fireworks, drums, and carols. These serve as an accompaniment for the deliverance of Mary and Joseph to their nacimiento (manger, respectively) at House #1. Each night, a new house receives the figures and hosts a joyous party, until baby Jesus joins the Holy Family at the last house on Christmas Eve. On that final night, the largest party is held! This is followed by Midnight Mass and a full dinner for all. Children then open up their presents they find under their tree on Christmas morning! Adults do not exchange until New Year’s Day. (Source)


A primarily Muslim country, Christmas is not nationally recognized holidays, however there are Christians in the area who participate in the celebration. Those who do celebrate refer to Santa Claus as “Père Noël” (Father Christmas, respectively), and Christmas decorations and trees are fairly easy to find. (Source). Hanukkah is also celebrated, as there are Jewish roots in Morocco. While the meaning of the holiday is the same, the details are a bit different, with mint tea, beignets, and couscous on the menu! (Source)


Christmas Day, known as Noël, is widely celebrated in France. Each province celebrates a little differently, including additional dates of observance, like la fête de Saint Nicolas (children get gifts in their shoes!), la fête des Rois (what we know as Epiphany), and la fête de lumières (lighting candles to pay respect to Virgin Mary). Traditional desserts include a Yule log cake, a Christmas loaf which is given to a poor person, and a Kings’ Cake. (Source)


We would love to hear about your holiday traditions!!
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Holiday Clutches

With all of the holiday events and parties we have coming up, we have been on a search for the perfect clutch to go with any outfit.  We came across a site called Novica.  Novica is in association with National Geographic and has a site where artisans from around the world are selling their products.  We love how the site gives you all of the information behind each product and even includes an informational card with each purchase.  Check out some unique, handmade clutches that would be perfect for a holiday lunch or a fancy party!

Made by Nupur located in India 

Made by Napan located in Bali 

Made by Shalini Saluja located in India
Made by Louis Carlos and Gloria located in Central America
Made by Laura del Carmen Conreras located in Central America

DIY Dinner Party | Part 2

We had been planning to host a holiday dinner party for some time. The most appealing part of this so called ‘project’ was decorating the table! We wanted to stick with an organic, yet elegant ambiance. Taking a few ideas from our cocktail party last week, I think we added the perfect amount of holiday decor to complete this table setting.  Here is what we did:

Pre-Setup.  It helps to display everything that needs to be used beforehand. That way you can visualize the locations for each object. Here is what we used: 1) mason jars 2) old candlesticks 3) rosemary sprigs 4) a mismatch collection of  plates 5) twine 6) berry branches 7) wine corks 8) birch (tree) pedestals
Crafting the ‘little details’.
Probably our favorite part. We trimmed a few branches from an outside tree and clustered the branches together to create this branch & berry chandelier. We held it together with twine and a dab of hot glue.
Rosemary sprigs. Take a sprig or two and tie some twine around the base to accent the plate.  Plus the rosemary smells amazing!
Looks so great!!!
We found these old decanters at a thrift store. I think they add the perfect classy touch!
Birch. Candles. Ball Jars.
Berries. Up close and personal:)
Cork & Pine. We took a few wine corks and stuck pine tree branches on the top (thanks Pinterest:). We placed these at each place setting.
Final setting!
I think it’s ready for the guests!

A special thanks to Ryan Moore Photography for shooting these images for us!