These are the 2020 Aussie Christmas trends that are already going viral
When stores began releasing their Christmas ranges in August in a bid to bring some joy to a difficult year, people were quick to get on board.
Shoppers wasted no time stocking up on the latest Christmas ranges and sharing their finds to Facebook with several posts going viral. With some post accumulating thousands of likes and comments, it’s no surprise so many items have already sold out.
Have a look at five of the biggest Christmas trends so far.
1. Christmas tree decorations
With Christmas trees already going up, one clever mum decided to decorate hers a little differently this year.
The mum of two traded out baubles and tinsel for 200 family photos she had printed at Kmart and attached to the tree with ribbon. The post which she shared to Facebook has already received over 2,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
“What a fantastic idea and more meaningful after the year we have had. Family means so much,” one woman wrote.
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2. Kmart’s red lantern
This amazing animated red lantern post from Kmart is only $65 and it not only plays a Christmas tune but functions as a snow globe!
After one woman posted the lantern to Facebook it received over 1500 comments and people have since raced to get their own and it’s sold out online.
“Christmas is coming! Which means a Kmart trip is definitely in order,” said one fan.
3. Blow up Santa
When one woman shared this blow-up Santa to Facebook with “This guy is seriously amazing,” people were quick to agree. The Santa is from Kmart and stands at 1.8 metres tall and counts down the days till Christmas for you. With over 600 praising comments on the post, it’s no surprise its sold out online!
4. Christmas glasses
Kmart’s Christmas range has definitely outdone itself this year and even its novelty stemless glasses have gone viral. The post to Facebook quickly racked up 3.3k likes and over 1k comments.
“Add it to the list!” one person commented, “Uh oh, I’m gonna need these,” wrote another. The glasses are only $12 for the three and are still available online.
5. Target’s ‘Snowy Aspen’ Christmas tree
This stunning snowy tree from Target might be Australia’s most popular Christmas tree. After it went viral last year on Facebook, the tree was recently re-released and has since sold out for the second year in a row!
The iconic tree was picked up by customers who wanted to experience a ‘white Christmas’ for once. The 6ft snow-flocked tree goes for $69 at Target. Let’s hope in back in stores soon!
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Fun Ideas for an Australian Themed Christmas
Christmas for Brisbane Kids is an exciting and magical time steeped in family traditions and special memories, from the annual hanging of festive decorations to the tasty treats shared with loved ones. Whether you’re looking for great inspiration for your family festivities or ways to celebrate the wonderful Australian yuletide culture, you’ll love these Aussie-themed Christmas ideas!
Australian Christmas Decorations
Instead of a traditional holly and ivy Christmas wreath, consider a wreath that incorporates the stunning flowers from native Australian trees. Below is a wreath featuring flowering gum trees for that authentic red and green Christmas look but we also love the look of yellow wattle wreaths. You can buy these online completely finished from places like Etsy or head to Spotlight Australia for their Christmas wreath DIY packs.
Image credit: The Kids Are Alright
Australian Christmas Craft
Kids will love this cute Aussie gumnut people thanks to Australian blogger Mother Natured. She has tons of Australia theme craft on her website so if craft is your thing, then head over to her website for more.
Image and craft credit: Mother Natured
If you’re going all out on the Aussie theme, check out these quirky thong Christmas decorations found on childcarelounge.com!
Christmas Colouring In
When you are heading to a Christmas get together with friends and young children, do yourself a favour and download and print our free Australian Christmas themed colouring-in sheets.
Aussie themed food
Aussie themed gingerbread house, anyone? This Aussie themed ute is sure to put an Australia spin on what is traditionally a gingerbread house covered in snow.
It wouldn’t be an Aussie Christmas without a pavlova adorned with the seasonal fruits like cherries, perfect for a hot and humid Christmas day- we love this one from Delicious. Don’t be intimidated by the complex decorating you see here because all you need is lots of whipped cream and some berries and you have a masterpiece!
Image and recipe credit: Delicious
Prawns are a Christmas staple in Australia, the biggest decision is not whether to have prawns but how to have them! Whether you eat them ice cold with a beer or have them on skewers, make sure you get in early to get your Christmas seafood.
Watermelon Christmas Trees
Watermelon is starting to go out of season at Christmas, but you will be able to make the most of this wonderful fruit at Christmas parties prior as your go-to “bring a plate”. Perfect for kindy and end of school break ups where you could pair with star shapes Kiwi Fruit. We found this version on Serendipity and Kate.
Image and Recipe: Serendipity and Kate
Frozen Christmas Pudding
But if you really have a craving for Christmas pudding, but can’t face it in the Aussie heat, why not try this spectacular recipe for a frozen Christmas pudding from Delicious?
Image and Recipe: Delicious
If you haven’t found this Australian series yet then you will be thanking us forever. Diary of a Wombat is one of the funniest laugh out loud kids books you will ever read both for the illustrations but also the storylines. Christmas Wombat is an equally endearing Christmas version of this popular series. You can get this on book depository (affiliate link) here
For more ideas for an Aussie Christmas to remember, check out our 60 Christmas Traditions, and our Brisbane Kids Guide to Christmas has all the best events, activities, lights and more for you and your Brisbane Kids to enjoy this festive season!
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When to put up your Christmas tree, take it down and other tips
Wondering when the right time is to put up your Christmas tree?
With the year we’ve had in 2020 anything goes right about now, so if you’ve already got yours up there’s no shame in that. But if you were wondering, there are a few key dates that people believe is the ‘right’ time to get your tree up.
We’ve taken a look at where the tradition of the Christmas tree comes from, and what that might mean for you and decorating your home.
The tradition of Christmas trees is a trend started in 16th-century Germany. (Getty)
When should you take down your Christmas tree?
When it comes to the right date to take down your Christmas tree there’s a little bit more clarity around what is acceptable. But it still depends on your tree and personal choice.
There are some people who will be taking off the baubles and putting it back in the box on Boxing Day, while others wait until January 1 to take it down and ring in the new year.
But one of the main traditions around taking the Christmas tree down is waiting 12 days after Christmas, which falls on January 5. This ends the celebrations with the Feast of the Epiphany.
When should you put up your Christmas tree?
Well, if you were following the tradition set out by the ancient peoples of Europe, you wouldn’t put up your Christmas tree until just before Christmas Eve. However, many people tend to put up their Christmas tree much earlier than that.
Christmas tree decorating can be a family tradition. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
For Americans, this may fall on the Friday after Thanksgiving, at the end of November.
For many people, December 1 marks the date when it is socially acceptable to put up your tree — any date before then is too early to put up Christmas decorations.
As Christmas was traditionally a Christian religious celebration, you could go by the date on which the Church commences celebrating the pending birth of Jesus on Christmas Day: the beginning of Advent.
Advent is the first ‘Advent Sunday’ or the first of four Sundays that come before Christmas Day. This date usually falls between November 27 and December 3, meaning that going by this tradition, any date after November 27 would be the right time to put up your Christmas tree and start celebrating Christmas.
Ultimately it’s up to you
However, as many people with a variety of beliefs and backgrounds now celebrate Christmas all around the world, the right time to put up and take down your Christmas tree these days tends to come down to personal choice and personal preference.
There have been studies that say you’re a happier person if you put up your Christmas decorations earlier, so if you want to do that it’s your choice.
In Australia it’s pretty common to see Christmas decorations start popping up in malls and department stores in early November, so if you want to follow that lead you can put yours up now.
Where did the tradition of Christmas trees start?
According to history.com, the tradition of using pine or evergreen trees as decoration in December dates as far back as when ancient peoples in Europe hung Evergreen boughs on December 21 or December 22 (when winter solstice falls in the Northern Hemisphere).
This was to remind them, “of all the green plants that would grow again when the sun god was strong and summer would return”.
While these were nothing like Christmas trees as we know them, many would credit this as an early example of people using pine trees as decoration at this festive time of year.
When it comes to putting up the Christmas tree, history does say there is a ‘right’ time to do it. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Where did modern tree decorations come from?
It is actually Germany that’s credited with starting the tradition of decorating trees for Christmas as we do today.
A 16th-century Protestant reformer started the trend when he placed a decorated tree in his home with candles to resemble the beauty of the night sky. This then became a tradition throughout German homes.
As the people of Germany migrated and moved to countries all over the world like Australia or America, this trend then spread, with the first recorded ‘Christmas Tree’ in the US being around the 1830s.
The tradition of the Christmas tree was then widely popularised by British monarch Queen Victoria in 1846, when she was drawn with her husband, German royal Prince Albert, standing by a Christmas tree in the palace with their children.
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Mistletoe is hung in many English-speaking countries, presumably from a Norse
tradition, to kiss under.
See this page for more information about mistletoe and where you can gather your
Of course, in Australia, Christmas is in the middle of their summer!
So, Christmas is often celebrated like the 4th of July in the United States:
the beach or with a back yard barbecue. Many Australians decorate Christmas Bushes,
native plants with little
red-flowered leaves. More info:
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Again, in the Southern hemisphere, Christmas falls during the summer! Pine trees are
decorated with little pieces of cotton to represent falling snow.
Since Henry VII deforested the land, the Norway Spruce which was
replanted is the most common tree in homes in Britain.
Colored lights and wreaths are common in the High Streets and outside
some homes. Gifts are left under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning. A
large number of packages, even of quite small items, is preferred!
Mistletoe is still hung in doorways, usually during parties and New Years
eve. This goes back to Celtic beliefs that mistletoe had the ability to heal wounds and increase
fertility, as it remained green and had white berries in the dead of winter.
Kissing someone under the mistletoe became popular!
The main meal on
Christmas day is a turkey, ham or roast beef. Goose is quite rare. Turkey is a relatively
recent addition, as turkeys are native to America and don’t do well in the English
climate. Christmas pudding, Figgy pudding and plum pudding are English
fruitcakes, saturated in brandy, that date back to the Middle Ages. Suet, flour,
sugar, raisins, nuts, and spices are tied loosely in cloth and boiled until the
ingredients are “plum,” meaning they have enlarged enough to fill the cloth.
Brandy is poured over it daily for weeks until it is well pickled! It is then
unwrapped, sliced, and topped with cream or custard. You can feel your arteries
hardening just looking at it; but it still tastes better than a fruitcake.
Caroling also started in
medieval England. Wandering musicians would travel from town to town
visiting castles and homes of the rich. In return for their performance, the
musicians would (if they were good) receive a hot meal or money.
In both the United States and
England, children hang stockings on their by a fireplace on
Christmas Eve, hoping that Saint Nicholas (aka Santa Claus, St. Nick or most
commonly in the UK, father Christmas) will fill it with small gifts while they sleep.
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Thanks to the German settlers to Canada in the 1700’s, Canadians today
still have Christmas trees!
Advent calendars, gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies are also
popular. Of course, Canada has several major cultures, notably the French and
English speaking groups, each of which has their own variations to Christmas
traditions. Gifts are left under the tree on Christmas morning.
Of the small percentage of Chinese who do celebrate Christmas, most erect
artificial trees decorated with spangles and paper chains, flowers and lanterns.
Christmas trees are called “trees of light.”
In the year
1829, a Helsinki nobleman, Barn Klinckowstrom, decorated his house
(inside) with 8 Christmas trees; one of the earliest know uses of the trees.
The first known outdoor Christmas tree
decorated with electric lights was in the market square in the town of Pietarsaari in 1905. The city of Helsinki has
had a Christmas tree in the
Senate Square since 1930 and since 1954, Helsinki has donated a Christmas tree
to Brussels, Belgian.
Finns love the sauna and many families visit the sauna
on Christmas Eve. Families gather to listen to the national “Peace of
Christmas” radio broadcast. More
information about Christmas in Finland
The French also like Christmas trees, but now quite to the extent of the
Germans or English. The “yule Log” tradition stems from an ancient tradition in southern France,
where some people burn a log in their homes from Christmas Eve until New Year’s
Germany is the source of many of the world’s Christmas traditions. Martin Luther
is attributed with bringing fir trees into the home, but it is much more likely
that it is a tradition assimilated from the pagan’s
winter solstice tradition in the early sixteenth
century, combining the Paradise tree (a fir tree decorated with apples) that
represented the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. Small candles were
attached to the trees to represent the stars and the apples were replaced with
red glass balls. For more information
In Greece, many people
believe in kallikantzeri, goblins that appear to cause mischief during
the 12 days of Christmas. Gifts are usually exchanged on January 1, St. Basil’s
Christmas trees are decorated with candles and ornaments here. Again, gifts are
left under the tree to be opened on Christmas morning.
As in Mexico, the Nativity scene is the center of Christmas decorations, and
thanks to the large German community, a Christmas tree has been added as an
ornament. As in other countries, gifts are left under the tree on Christmas
morning for the children, however, parents and adults do not exchange gifts
until New Year’s Day.
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Christmas trees are brought in anytime in December and decorated with colored
lights, tinsel, and other ornaments. As in America, the most popular tree
toppers are the angel or the star. The house is decorated with evergreen garlands, candles, holly and ivy.
Wreaths and mistletoe are hung on the door.
In Italy, as iun many Latin speaking countries, the nativity scene (presepio) is
the center of decoration for Christmas. Guests kneel before
it and musicians sing before it . The presepio figures are usually hand-carved
and very detailed in features and dress. The scene is often set out in the shape
of a triangle. It provides the base of a pyramid-like structure called the
ceppo. This is a wooden frame arranged to make a pyramid several feet high.
Several tiers of thin shelves are supported by this frame. It is entirely
decorated with colored paper, gilt pine cones and miniature colored pennants.
Small candles are fastened to the tapering sides. A star or small doll is hung
at the apex of the triangular sides. The shelves above the manger scene have
small gifts of fruit, candy and presents. The ceppo is in the old Tree of Light
tradition which became the Christmas tree in other countries. Some houses even
have a ceppo for each child in the family. Italians say Buono Natale! or “Happy
Birthday” for Christmas.
a traditional Christmas bread, called Pantenone, which is light in
texture and has nuts and fruit in it is very popular.
Few Japanese celebrate Christmas and for those who do, it is generally not a
religious holiday. Christmas trees are decorated with small
toys, dolls, paper ornaments, gold paper fans and lanterns and wind chimes.
Tiny candles are also put among the tree branches. One of the most popular
ornaments is the origami swan. Japanese children have exchanged thousands of
folded paper “birds of peace” with young people all over the world as a pledge
A Christmas tree is less common and is an artificial one, or a very small
tree, just a bare branch cut from a tree or even a shrub gathered from the
A prominently displayed elaborate Nativity scene (el Nacimiento) is
the focus of Christmas decorations in Mexico. Outdoor lights, of bright colors
and often large bulbs are common.
(paper mache’ dolls) are filled with candy and coins and hung from the ceiling
where children then take turns hitting them until they break, releasing candies
to the floor, where the children scramble to gather as much as they can.
As a side note, the name of the Poinsettia flower comes from the American minister, Joel R.
Poinsett, who brought the plant from Mexico to America in 1828, where it caught
on due to its coloring. After being sold in New York stores in the late 1800’s,
by 1900, they caught on nationally.
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Norwegians often cut their own Christmas tree, as a part of a fairly
recent tradition. The Christmas tree was popularized here in the 1950’s and
later. The Christmas tree is decorated on Christmas eve by the parents, while the children wait
in another room. Then follows a Norwegian ritual known as “circling the Christmas tree.”
Everyone joins hands to form a ring around the tree and they then walk around it
singing carols. The gifts are distributed afterwards.
Norway also is claimed to be the birthplace of the Yule log. The ancient
(pagan) Norse burned a huge log on Christmas for as long as it would burn (days
in some cases) in celebration of the passing of the shortest day of the year,
the winter solstice.
The word “Yule” comes from the Norse word hweol, which means “wheel”. The Norse
that the Sunday was a great wheel of fire that rolled towards and then away from
Handmade trees in an
variety of colors and sizes are often used in place of expensive imported pine
trees. Star lanterns or parol, appear
everywhere in December. They are made from bamboo sticks, covered with brightly
colored rice paper or cellophane and usually feature a tassel on each point.
There is usually one in every window, each representing the Star of Bethlehem.
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Christmas in Poland
Christians in Saudi
Arabia must celebrate Christmas privately in their own homes. Christmas
lights are generally not tolerated in this Islamic country. Most Christmas
families place their Christmas trees somewhere inconspicuous to avoid
Being in the Southern Hemisphere,
Christmas falls in the summer holiday in South Africa. Christmas trees are rare,
but windows are often decorated with sparkling cotton, wool, and tinsel.
Colored lights are popular outside decorations, and the Nativity scene is common
inside. A popular Christmas tradition is the game Catalonia, in which a tree
trunk is filled with goodies and children hit at the trunk trying to knock out
the hazel nuts, almonds, toffee and other treats.
Christmas trees are put up and taken down with the usual Swedish zeal for
they must be up on Christmas and stay up until 12 days AFTER
Christmas! The trees
are decorated with stars, sunbursts and snowflakes made from straw. Other
decorations include colorful wooden animals and straw centerpieces.
The celebration of St. Lucia Day on December 13 is common
is Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The
holiday is the start of the Christmas season and probably stems from pagan
celebrations of the winter solstice, as Lucia is derived from the Latin word for
“light”. On December 13th, the eldest daughter in
each family rises early and dressed in a long, white gown with a red sash, and
wearing a crown made of twigs with nine lighted candles, wakes each of her
family members . The
family then eats breakfast in a room lit with candles. The Christmas dinner
often includes rice pudding for dessert, into which one almond is hidden.
The finder gets good luck! Bonfires in the evening
are also traditional. Men, women, and children carry torches in a parade and everyone throws their torches onto a large pile of straw.
As in much of Scandinavia, children leave their shoes on the hearth of the
fireplace or on the doorstep on Christmas Eve, in hopes of finding them
filled with money, or gifts the next morning.
Christmas is the most popular holiday in the Ukraine. Oddly to westerners,
it is only celebrated on December 25th by Catholics:
celebrate it on January 7th., During the
Christmas season, which extends through New Year’s Day, people decorate fir trees
and have parties. Ukrainians also prepare a
huge traditional meal. By custom, the family’s youngest child watches through the
window for the evening star to appear, and then the feast can begin.
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90,000 Christmas tree decorations from all over the world are on display at the National History Museum
A Christmas tree toy – an object that seems to be frivolous, just a brilliant frivolous festive decoration. And at the same time, it always, from year to year, from century to century, becomes an artifact of the era.
The holiday of Christmas or the change of the year in no culture is complete without its own colorful customs and original decor associated with them. From December 6, New Year’s toys from all over the world can be seen in the National Historical Museum – the exhibition project “Museum of Christmas-tree decorations” starts working here, thanks to which each visitor can plunge into childhood, join the New Year’s traditions of different countries and simply rejoice.
The exhibition presents rarities: an exact copy of the toy donated to Pope John Paul II and entered in the Guinness Book of Records, a huge glass ball from the Vienna Ball, many New Year’s decorations from Asia, Australia, America and Africa, which have no analogues in any European museum.
“The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree came to us from Germany,” – says owner of an extensive collection Andrey Begun, we owe the Germans the appearance of blown glass balls:
– Traditionally, the tree was decorated with winter varieties of apples, but in the middle XIX century in Germany there was a lean year.And in order not to spoil the holiday for people, German glass blowers blew apples out of glass. Since then, Christmas tree decorations in the form of balls have appeared – only 150 years of this tradition.
Old German toys are specific, here are Gothic skulls, and portraits of Bismarck and other statesmen. In the USSR, by the way, images of leaders on balloons did not take root for political reasons: it was considered a bad omen to break Stalin’s profile. In general, after the revolution, the Soviet government mercilessly fought against gilded cones and cardboard angels, eradicating the “bourgeois” holiday, and individual craftsmen made Christmas tree decorations secretly and purely for family use.In the 1930s, the Christmas tree was nevertheless returned to the children, but in an updated form: the radiant Star of Bethlehem, symbolizing the birth of Jesus Christ, was replaced by a revolutionary five-pointed red color scheme, which was crowned the top of the New Year’s tree. And the toys acquired their own unique flavor: cotton buds swayed between the fluffy branches, soldiers in winter greatcoats and sisters of mercy were added to them in the war, the period of space exploration was marked by the appearance of glass spaceships, in memory of Khrushchev there were sparkling corn cobs almost in full size … the republic could also distinguish itself and make something like that, in the local spirit, at local factories.For example, graceful tin lanterns are clearly associated with the Baltics. All this is the New Year tree of our childhood, dear and familiar. By the way, both in our country and in the European tradition, a ball in the form of a clock is often hung on a Christmas tree, but there is a fundamental difference: on our clock after the film “Carnival Night” and the song of Lyudmila Gurchenko, it is always five minutes to twelve. And in Europe, three arrows together will certainly form a smiley.
But enough nostalgia! Exotics at the exhibition – at least scoop up a bucket: half of the world celebrates Christmas, and the change of years is celebrated all over the planet, even where Christianity has never been heard of.Andrey Begun expands his collection in different countries – from North Korea to Peru and from Australia to Congo and Rwanda. Australian and New Zealand Christmas tree balls feature images of endemic animals such as the kiwi bird. In Argentine and Peruvian nativity scenes, the baby Jesus is certainly an Indian, the Magi often have a frankly Creole appearance, and along with the bull and donkey, Christ’s manger has long-faced fluffy llamas. By the way, Latin Americans often place miniature nativity scenes inside gourd gourds.
Magi from Uganda or Cote d’Ivoire also have quite local features. In Africa, all the local animals, even hippos, are present in the set of figures in the den. African masks, on the other hand, raise questions.
“In Côte d’Ivoire in the province of Man, in addition to celebrating Christmas, there is a tradition, already purely indigenous,” explains Andrei Begun. – In a special house, ritual masks are kept, which are used on New Year’s celebrations: they put them on, drink local alcoholic drinks based on sugar cane, dance various dances … New Year is celebrated there, of course, not on December 31st.In Africa, as a rule, they mark the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rainy season, so the date depends on the state’s proximity to the equator.
Far-away countries, of course, excite the imagination, but at the exhibition there was a place for the Belarusian flavor: closer to the exit, the final chord in the showcase flaunts souvenir balls, belted with traditional rhombic ornament, decorated with views of the capital’s sights, pasted over with straw plaits or filled with spikelets, piece toys painted by famous artists.
The collection inspires respect – one of the largest in the world. Every year the “Museum of Christmas tree decorations” is replenished with new unusual exhibits, vintage or brought from distant corners of the planet. But the main thing, perhaps, is the feeling of a holiday: both the desire to be photographed by the Christmas fireplace and leave, carrying a shiny souvenir ball in his pocket, and the expectation of a miracle.
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90,000 Christmas decorations from around the world will be presented at the National History Museum
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October 30, Minsk / Corr.BELTA /. The New Year’s exhibition project “Museum of Christmas tree decorations” will open on November 7 at the National Historical Museum of Belarus, the organizers told BelTA.
The exhibition is part of the world’s largest collection of Christmas tree decorations. Every year the Museum of Christmas tree decorations replenishes its funds. Visitors will see exhibits from Europe, Asia, Australia, America and Africa, which have no analogues in any European museum.
“In anticipation of New Year’s holidays and winter magic, every child can plunge into a fairy tale, and an adult can return to distant childhood.The exhibition will tell about the history of the production of glass Christmas tree decorations from the middle of the 19th century to the present day and will acquaint you with the traditions of New Year’s holidays in different countries, including Congo, Peru, Indonesia, New Zealand, North Korea, “the museum said.
The project was created jointly with the factory of Christmas tree decorations “GRAY.”For the youngest guests, the organizers have prepared a miniature interactive Christmas town for the show. -0-
90,000 A collector of Christmas decorations told how a hobby turned into a favorite thing
Andrei Begun, a resident of Minsk, has assembled the world’s largest collection of Christmas tree decorations.But one day I realized that something was missing in her. And he opened a factory for the production of Belarusian Christmas tree decorations.
At the very entrance to the exhibition (Galeria shopping center, 5th floor) there is a fluffy green Christmas tree decorated with yellow-red apples. The owner of the private, largest in the world, collection of Christmas tree decorations Andrei Begun responds to my surprised look: the very first toys were these same apples. And the German theologian Martin Luther came up with the idea to decorate the Christmas tree on the New Year’s holiday, and all the inhabitants of Germany liked his idea.It was a very, very long time ago, more than five hundred years ago. But once there was a poor apple harvest in the country and German glass blowers, in order not to overshadow the holiday for people, made decorative apple balls. They were made of thick glass, heavy, but it was considered a special chic to have them on the tree. The price of balloons was high, so not everyone could afford to buy them. A little later, other toys began to appear on the Christmas trees: people learned to make them from cardboard, rowan and elderberry berries, cotton wool wound on a wire frame …
This, and a dozen more interesting and entertaining stories about the New Year’s holiday, Christmas tree decorations, the traditions of celebrating the New Year in different parts of our vast planet, I learned from Andrey Begun.We met with him at the exhibition of his collection (more precisely, part of it, because it was not possible to place several thousand Christmas tree decorations even in three large halls of the shopping center).
Where did Santa Claus and Santa Claus come from?
New Year is the most magical and favorite holiday for adults and children. And he begins his march across the planet from the island of Christmas, which is lost in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. In most countries on the planet, it is celebrated on the night of December 31 to January 1 according to local national traditions.But almost everywhere the main symbols of the holiday are the same – a decorated Christmas tree, garlands, the chime of the clock, champagne and hopes for the best.
This beautiful and kind tradition – to decorate the Christmas tree with toys – later came from Germany to other European countries. A little later – to Russia, when Peter the Great ordered by his decree “along large and passable streets, noble people and near houses … to make some decorations from trees and branches of pine and juniper.” And then the main characters of the New Year appeared – Santa Claus, Ded Moroz and Snegurochka, who soon also began to appear on holiday trees in the form of toys.
The image of Santa Claus was invented 95 years ago by the seminary teacher Clement Clarke Moore, who wrote the poem “Christmas on the Doorstep, or Santa Claus’s Visit” for his children. Santa was depicted as a kind elf entering a house through a chimney. But soon the kind wizard giving out gifts on New Year’s Eve was recognized in America. And in 1930, the Coca-Cola company dressed Santa in a jacket and trousers in the company’s red and white colors. This is how the modern Santa Claus was born, which still pleases both children and adults.
Stalin gave Soviet children a New Year tree
In Russia, the first New Year’s toys made of glass – balls and beads – were made by craftsmen from the city of Klin in 1914. But after the October Revolution, the Christmas and New Year holidays were declared an ideological threat, the trees in the USSR were canceled. In December 1935, the Pravda newspaper published an article calling “Let’s organize a good Christmas tree for the children for the New Year!” Stalin liked this proposal – and the tradition was revived.Both Soviet children and adults had their own, dear Grandfather Frost with his granddaughter Snegurochka.
Reflection of the epoch
– Since then, the New Year’s holiday has come to the homes of Soviet citizens: with decorated Christmas trees, round dances, masks, lollipops as gifts for children. What Soviet toys could be seen on the tree? – I am interested.
Instead of answering, Andrei leads me to the exposition of Soviet Christmas tree decorations:
– There are always many grandparents with grandchildren and great-grandchildren here.They stand at the window for a long time, examine, share their memories. For them, this collection is a kind of time machine that returns adults to a distant happy childhood. By the way, my collection began with Soviet toys, which in my childhood my grandparents, mom and dad used to decorate a Christmas tree for me and my brother Dima.
Toys from the times of the USSR reflected an entire era. They were made in accordance with the fashion of that time and the political situation in the country. Santa Clauses and Snow Maidens made of papier-mache, airships made of cotton wool with the inscription “USSR”, Christmas balls with images of the faces of Politburo members, snowflakes with a hammer and sickle.During the war – Santa Claus with weapons in his hands, soldiers, tanks, nurses, parachutes, airplanes. In the era of Khrushchev, toys on an agricultural theme came into fashion: corn cobs, tomatoes, cucumbers. Cosmonauts, satellites and glass rockets were introduced in the 1960s to celebrate space travel. After Eldar Ryazanov’s feature film “Carnival Night”, toys-clocks appeared on the Christmas trees, on which the hands began to show the same time: 23.55. But on all watches that I bought abroad – a smiling smiley is depicted …
Each toy has its own story
Andrey Begun’s collection includes several thousand Christmas tree decorations.He collected them during his trips around the world – he traveled around 62 countries. The idea of collecting toys arose spontaneously during one of the travels and gradually turned into a serious hobby. By this time, he already had a construction business, but his soul became attached to these Christmas-tree cones, snowflakes, clowns … So Andrey’s hobby became his favorite business of his life.
Almost all the Christmas tree decorations were collected by the collector during his numerous travels: he looked at flea markets, Christmas fairs and specialized exhibitions, bought from representatives of various peoples and tribes.The collection includes toys from Europe, Asia, America, Africa, Australia, made at different times – from the middle of the 19th century to the present day.
– Whenever I manage to find some unusual, unique toys on a trip, I feel genuine joy and delight. I don’t just buy it, but try to find out the history and origin of the toy. I did not immediately believe my eyes when I found Christmas tree decorations made of a banana tree in a settlement of tribes living out of civilization in the Amazon delta, when I found a toy Santa Claus sailing on a boat in Africa.By the way, on the black continent, all Christmas tree decorations are made by hand from scrap materials – wood, leaves, roots. In one small shop in Australia I saw a New Year’s team, in which kangaroos were harnessed instead of reindeer, – Andrey enthusiastically talks about how he collected his collection all over the world. – This toy was very expensive, but I photographed it, then bought a kangaroo toy at the local market. At home, he himself made a copy of the Australian one.
There are no analogs of some toys in any European museum.The largest exhibit in the collection is a replica of a 40-centimeter ball, which Andrey was once lucky enough to buy at a flea market in Budapest. Such decorations in the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the 19th century were used to decorate the premises where the famous Christmas royal balls were held. The original balloon was presented to Pope John Paul II and entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest balloon blown out of glass.
Balls in the form of Faberge masterpieces, wooden figurines from Congo, bright toys from North Korea, handmade black angels from Rwanda, figurines with aboriginal ornaments from Australia, many Santa Clauses and Santa Claus … There are also modern samples of New Year’s toys in the collection. produced by the Klinskaya factory (Russia), the family enterprise Kathe Wohlfahrt from Germany, the Royal porcelain factory from Holland.
“Santa Hermitage” – this is the name of a part of the collection, where copies of paintings by famous artists – Marc Chagall, Shishkin, Van Gogh, Malevich, Vasnetsov are applied on large balls. All toys in this collection are made in a single copy.
– The value of a toy cannot be determined by price alone. This one cost two dollars, – recalls the collector. – Inexpensive? Yes. I bought it in Congo. However, if you take into account all the transportation costs, and most importantly, all the adventures that you had to go through to get it, then this toy is very valuable.The largest exhibit in my exhibit – a ball from the Vienna Ball – costs $ 400. However, let’s not forget about the general rule of collecting: any item in a collection costs many times more than itself.
Toys with embroidered shirts, bison, storks
Andrei organized his very first exhibition of Christmas tree decorations five years ago in the Historical Museum of Belarus. And as he later confesses, he did not expect such an influx of visitors – more than 30 thousand people.Many approached him, admired what they saw, thanked him. People wondered why there were no Belarusian-made Christmas tree decorations in the collection.
– I seriously thought about this question. It turned out that no one in Belarus had ever made New Year’s toys, especially glass ones. True, in the early 90s, the Akliya Christmas tree decorations factory operated for a short time in the capital. But it went bankrupt a quarter of a century ago. After the close of the first exhibition, I monitored the capital’s trade objects: apart from Chinese plastic toys, I found almost nothing on store shelves.Yes, bright, yes, cheap, yes, no beating … But at home no one eats with plastic forks ?! Celebrating the New Year is a holiday, and it should be real, not artificial.
Andrey, together with his brother Dmitry, created a factory for the production of Belarusian New Year toys.
On the prepared basis, artists manually apply drawings: Belarusian motifs, landscapes, reproductions of famous paintings. In addition to the usual balls, toys are made using fusing technology – flat glass decorations in the form of birds, animals, as well as Belarusian embroidered shirts.They make toys from straw and flax – and they have already become an excellent feature of Belarus.
Andrei Begun’s Belarusian Christmas tree decorations have already appeared in stores in the capital.
“I believe that my dream will come true!”
– My collection is updated every year. After exhibitions in the capital – and this is the fifth in a row, and I organized one in Smolensk – many visitors donate their toys, and friends and acquaintances also bring something from their trips. But I have a cherished dream – to open a museum.I would like to have a place in my hometown where every child could plunge into the enchanting world of a New Year’s fairy tale, and adults can remember their carefree childhood, live a few happy moments of this magical holiday. I want to tell not only the history of Christmas tree decorations, but also to show their diversity, features of New Year’s traditions in different countries. I want to give people a joyful and exciting feeling of the New Year’s holiday.
There are museums on the basis of factories in Europe, where the manufacturer presents a collection of his own products.However, I have not met places where exhibits from all over the world were collected, although I have already visited all continents, except Antarctica. I want to place the museum and production side by side, under one roof, so that visitors can not only view the collection, but also observe all stages of creating toys, I want to organize play interactive zones, conduct master classes on painting and silvering toys …
Galina Trofimenko, Deputy Editor-in-Chief Zh Urnal “ Union State ”
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In winter, the capital will operate 3818 objects of 90,076 winter infrastructure in courtyards, parks and natural areas. This was announced in his blog by Sergei Sobyanin.
The list includes 1431 ice rinks with artificial and natural ice, 384 ski slopes with a total length of more than 580 kilometers, 264 ice slides and snow towns, 1640 universal areas for winter sports, 50 places for winter swimming, 49 ski resorts, ski slopes, places for sledding, tubing, dog sledding, snowmobiling and snowboarding.
Objects of winter recreation in recent years began to be visited 90,075 five times more often than . In the 2018/2019 season, at least 48 million people are expected to attend winter facilities and events.
Celebration on the streets of the capital
Traditionally, the main winter festival will be Journey to Christmas . It will take place from December 14 to January 13, 2019. Muscovites and tourists will be able to become spectators of street performances, take part in free master classes and make New Year’s gifts, taste festive treats, and also celebrate New Year and Christmas on the streets of the capital.This year the main theme of the festival will be a literary journey through the pages of history. During the festival, you can meet characters from books, plays, films and cartoons.
“City of Winter” at VDNKh
The center of winter recreation will again become Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy , which next year marks the 90th anniversary of its foundation. On November 30, there will be opened “City of Winter” . There will be three artificial ice skating rinks for visitors: “Flower Garden” (for quiet skiing), “Raketa” (youth) and children’s skating rink, a tubing slide “North” with slopes of about 80 meters, curling grounds and for yukigassen – a team game snowballs.At VDNKh it will also be possible to ride children’s snowmobiles, walk along the light alley and see a large New Year tree. In addition, a skating rink and a five-kilometer ski track will open in Ostankino Park .
The pavilions “Theater of Fairy Tales” and “Robostation”, “Moskvarium”, “Park of Crafts”, “VDNKh Expo” and the House of Culture will host interactive performances and master classes . And from December 14 to January 8, 2019 next to the pavilion “Agriculture” and near the “Moskvarium” there will be fairs .It is planned to install 20 chalets with food and souvenirs. It will be possible to have a bite to eat at the skating rinks – food courts will be placed on the territory of the Raketa and Flower Gardens.
On November 30, artists from the Australian theater Strange Fruit and DJs Swanky Tunes will perform at VDNKh. Visitors will see two fireworks shows. There will also be 50 animators working. On the same day, it will be possible to play curling and yukigassen for free – more than 20 matches will take place.
The winter town will also host 90,075 charity events .On December 23, the traditional race of Santa Clauses will take place. It is expected that two thousand people will take part in it. And on January 26, for the fifth time, a charity day with the participation of foundations will take place. 100 children – wardship funds will be invited to it.
What city parks have prepared
Officially, the winter season in city parks was opened 22 November . The next day, a skating rink began to work in Gorky Park, which this year is called “Factory of happy people” .
In total, 90,075 more than 140 objects 90,076 for winter sports and entertainment were equipped in the parks this year. 41 skating rinks (22 of them with artificial ice), 61 ski tracks and a health trail with a total length of 148 kilometers have been opened. There will also be four six-kilometer all-weather ski runs.
Numerous city and regional competitions, master classes, marathons and biathlons are planned to be held on the ski slopes. Among them – the sprint race “First Snow”, the stages of the “Ski Track of Russia”, the Olympics “Sport for All”.
This winter, park visitors can ride 38 snow and ice slides – tubing, ice sleds or sleds. Two of them are all-weather slides: “Vsepogorka” 200 meters long in the Sokolniki park and a slide in the park of the 50th anniversary of October.
Also opened 115 rental points , where those who wish can rent skates, skis, tubing, ice skates, snow-scooters, sledges and other sports equipment.
In addition, 90,075 new skating rinks were opened this season in the Mitino landscape park, in the park in Yuzhny Butovo, in the Svyatoslav Fyodorov park and in Babushkinsky park.But in others, updates were prepared for this winter season.
Historical costume skating in the style of 19th century secular fun will be held in the Hermitage Garden. A prerequisite for participation is a historical costume of the 19th – early 20th centuries. Skirts, muffs, scarves, fur hats, mittens and other accessories that emphasize the image of beautiful townspeople are welcome.
In Sokolniki Park from December 1 to 30, Winter Karaoke will be open.For this, a special tent with equipment will be installed, where there will be voice sensors. When triggered, the heat guns will turn on and warm the tent. Within the framework of the project “Classic Winter”, a competition for the performance of operatic parts is being organized.
As early as December, the warm art object “Volcano” will work in the park. Like the Yamal crater, a cryovolcano, the art object will spew out vapors. It will heat up around the perimeter, and visitors will be able to warm up nearby. The height of the “Volcano” will not exceed four meters.
Another warm art object will be installed in January – “Hug Dog” . It is made in the form of a shaggy dog, which will heat up from the inside. Those who wish will be able to approach the dog and warm up by hugging it.
On January 12, the park will host broomball competitions . It’s a game similar to ice hockey, but doesn’t necessarily require an ice rink. Any flat area will do, and instead of clubs and washers, brooms and a ball will do.
On February 3, Sokolniki will host “Mendelssohn’s Week” (February 3-14, 2019).This day marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of the German composer. One of his most famous works is the wedding march. It was written in 1842 for the play based on Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The territory of the ice rink in the park will be decorated with wedding photo zones , and the newlyweds will be provided with free skates for a photo session. A photographer will also work here, who will take artistic pictures.
In addition, a musical art object “Winter Harp” will be installed at the rink.Touch-sensitive luminous tubes will be placed along the sides. Each will make a sound (note) and change its color. If you roll along the side and touch all the tubes in turn, you get a classic melody. It will change periodically.
In the Bauman Garden, the ice rink infrastructure has been updated for this winter. Here 90,075 opened a heated skate rental pavilion with an area of 175 square meters, where you can rent skates, change clothes and relax.
In December, the ice rink will be decorated with a new lighting system “starry sky” . And the main art object was the fabulous tree , on the branches of which the mysterious inhabitants and attributes of the winter season are located.
In addition, the special feature of this winter will be the regular 90,076 film screenings at the skating rink, which kicked off on 24 November. On weekends, you can visit the 90,075 movie rinks , where popular films and TV series are shown on the big screen.
On the square in front of the skating rink, wish fulfillment box was installed.At the end of the season, a few lucky ones who dropped a note with a cherished desire will get a chance to make their dreams come true.
Fili Culture and Leisure Park
The Fili Park will host the festival “Arctic-2019” on February 2-3. A map of the North of Russia will be projected onto the territory of the park. Each region will be assigned a separate zone, where exhibits will be placed, illustrating the life of the inhabitants of the Arctic and the everyday life of polar explorers.
Within the framework of the festival, thematic photo exhibitions will be organized, lectures and master classes will be held, where it will be possible to communicate with specialists working on in the conditions of the Far North .
From December 22 to January 7, 2019, a series of master classes with professional figure skaters will be held at the skating rink in the estate of Santa Claus “New Year’s Ice of Santa Claus” .