Christmas Decoration Countdown, Day 6 – Santa Claus has come to town!

You better watch out, you better not cry – St Nicholas has come to town!

H came home the other night (Dec 5) bearing a chocolate gift pack in the form of St Nicholas. Indeed, everyone at work has received similar pack courtesy of the office. Dec 6 is the feast of St. Nicholas which is widely observed by Catholics in Western Europe and it’s a tradition to give gifts just like the original Saint Nick who lived in the 4th century and had a reputation of secret gift-giving such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, thus became the model for Santa Claus.

No wonder, everytime I went out, I see Saint Nick’s image displayed everywhere

Christmas Decoration Countdown, Day 4 – The Flemish Tree

Days are getting shorter in the Winter. I took this photo at 3:51pm but you’d think it’s already 6pm.

The small wooden chalets on the photo are nearly ready for the Christmas market which will start this weekend.

The Flemish Renaissance style buildings in the background comprise the Grand Place or the Town Square. A large part of the square burned down in 1576 so some of these buildings were rebuilt afterwards.

Taken in Antwerp, Belgium

Christmas Decoration Countdown, Days 2 – 3 – Going Natural

Nearly half of the entire planet now is more and more celebrating a Made in China Christmas, what with most of the decors now coming from China. The sad thing is, right after the holiday season, most of these items will end up in garbage dumps that will not decompose for decades, hence, polluting our planet even more.

As a firm believer of creating things using organic or recycled materials, I don’t only gain pleasure and pride in seeing the finished product, I also do my own share in keeping the planet less polluted albeit in a micro-miniscule way. But if this micro-miniscule contribution is multiplied by the thousands, or hundreds of thousands, then that would be a significant amount that could improve our planet.

So without much ado, here is a montage of my Days 2 and 3 Christmas Decoration Photos using natural materials.

Taken in Gent, Belgium