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an African inspired Christmas

» Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Culture, Fashion | 0 comments

an African inspired Christmas

Hey lovelies, today is the first day of christmas. Let the countdown begin!!!!! Hope you are already in full Christmas mood and loving the magical atmosphere of this season. 🙂

The days, hours, minutes and seconds are flying by so fast but there’s still time left to get those wishes out to Santa Claus, that is, if you’ve been a nice girl or boy this year !

Yes, it´s once again time for you to check gifts off the list and start wrapping things up. I don´t know about you but I have been a very good girl and so Santa you better grant all my wishes. :-)

This year dear santa all I truely want for christmas is peace and love to reign once again across the world. No more wars, no more tears.

For the past few years we have been sharing our favourite christmas traditions out here in good old Germany. (click here and here to read about them).

The traditional Christmas season one always sees a white Christmas…lots of snow, a cosy fireplace, a decorated christmas tree, Santa Claus with the reindeer, a sledge full of gifts, and all kinds of wintery scenes.
But actually, more than half the earth has a summery Christmas where Santa should probably be wearing board shorts and slops while driving an open top vehicle and enjoying the sun.  When Santa isn’t going around handing out gifts he must surely go somewhere to relax and that somewhere is definitely a tropical beach in faraway africa 🙂

 

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Santa taking a break & enjoying the sunshine in faraway africa 🙂

 

This year I have africa on my mind. I do miss celebrating the christmas season outdoors with lots of sunshine. The laughter of the children running out on the streets, a christmas barbecue or picnic at the beach and watching the sun set over the horizon at the end of a long beach day……I miss this so much this year 🙁

So to bring in some of that african sunshine and warmth this year, I am  focused on celebrating this festive season with Christmas-themed African inspired pieces.

 

The African Cookbook by Roberta Brown Cooper: West African Still

 

So if you are like me and you want to bring in the sunshine and warm african spirits into your holiday  you might want to take a look at some of the items below for some inspiration.

 

 

The advent calender

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This African advent calendar is the perfect way to count down the Christmas holiday in fair trade style. Handmade by women of the “amaniafrica.org” in Kenya.

 

Christmas cards

This upcoming holiday season, how about sending out custom handmade cards that also make a difference? These cards are mostly produced by fairtrade organisations, so buying them you will also be supporting a good cause.
Each card is handmade with an African garment popularly known as Ankara in west africa or Kitenge in east africa. This fabric is similar to a sarong which is often worn by women wrapped around the chest or waist, over the head as a headscarf, or as a baby sling. Click here, here and here to buy directly from a fair trade organisation.

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Christmas stockings

A Christmas stocking is an empty sock or sock-shaped bag that is hung on Christmas Eve so that Santa Claus (or Father Christmas) can fill it with small toys, candy, fruit, coins or other small gifts when he arrives.

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Shop outside the big box, with unique items for christmas stocking from thousands of independent designers and vintage collectors on Etsy. Handmade Christmas stocking from african print fabrics is quite unique. The best place to find african print stockings is definitely on “Etsy.com

 

Christmas tree ornaments

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Get into the spirit of the season with holiday decorating and entertaining. After you’ve found the perfect Christmas tree, it’s time to start decorating. African inspired ornaments are a great way to bring the warmth and sunshine of africa into your home this holiday.

 

The Nativity set

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Nativity sets made from african banana fibre, cotton wool and calabash (gourd plant).

 

Displaying a Nativity scene in your home is a loved Christmas tradition for many Christian families. There are many varieties of nativities, from nativity scene sets with movable figures, to single-piece nativities.

 

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Nativity sets inspired from traditions around africa (Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Uganda)

 

No matter what style you choose, nativity scene sets often become treasured family keepsakes that are used every Christmas season. This year do something special and bring in a touch of africa into your home. Click here to get a nativity set and support artisans  from africa.

 

Christmas dinner

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Impress your friends and family by having an amazing Christmas feast inspired by recipes from all over africa. Click here to check out one of my favourite afro food bloggers. She has great recipes from all over africa and the carribean.

 

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As you give out gifts these season, remember that it is not about the gifts , it is the heart that matters. We should all be thankful and grateful for the love ones in our lives .

Let’s remember the families that won’t be together this Christmas because of the irresponsible acts of violence and war. Let us all become human again together, and manifest even more love in our already magnificent world.

 

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A world of love, and love always. After all, nothing else matters. Wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a very merry Christmas. Be good until we meet again.

 

from “Deutschland” with luv

Nakutana

 

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