Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Light up your Christmas!

The modern tradition of luminaries comes from Mexico, brought to them by the Spaniards in the 16th century.  Ancient history suggests that luminaries lit the way for Mary and Joseph in their search for lodging in Bethlehem. In my neighborhood, we place them along the street every year on Christmas Eve to honor the tradition.

This year I decided to make my own and dress them up beyond the usual plain white paper bag.  I've cut the Star of Bethlehem into mine, but you can alter the basic bag pattern by deleting the star (or moving it off your mat) and replacing it with your own design for whatever occasion you're celebrating.

Don't stop with Christmas. These will make beautiful decorations for any occasion!  Use colored paper to make birthday luminaries, or illuminate the pathway for a newly married couple as they leave their wedding reception. Your imagination is the only limit!

Take CAUTION though:  since they're made of paper with a burning candle inside, they can be a fire hazard.  If you place them outside on the street, fill the bottom with sand first, then use a small tealight.  For indoor use, try the new battery operated tealights or votives to get the same effect with no danger!

Cartridges: George and Basic Shapes, Joys of the Season
Luminary File for Design Studio


Carol's Crafts said...

This is so pretty. Thanks for sharing the file.

Anonymous said...

Your blog looks AWESOME!!!!!!

Doris said...

This is so pretty! I'm going to make one or two for sure.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Christmas post on Nov. 19, 2009. Thanks again.

Sheila said...

I want to show you some love. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Cindy McVey said...

CBH, thanks for the link! I love your blog!

Snatertje said...

thanks for sharing the files. they look awesome, I love the luminarie.

Hug Linda

kswjeff said...

Very pretty! Will you be sharing files in svg format? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Cutting Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 23 Nov [LA 04:00pm, NY 07:00pm] - 24 Nov [UK 12:00am, OZ 11:00am] ).

lynn said...

another wonderful file, thanks, cindy!

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Lifetime crafter, beginning with sewing clothes for my troll dolls when I was 5. Stampin' Up! demonstrator since 2000. Wife of almost 30 years to my high school sweetheart and planning on 30 more! Mom to 2 great kids and one awesome new son-in-law. "Mom" to 3 furkids, Pomeranians Roxy and Lulu, and a Calico cat, Sugar aka "Miss Fattypants." Addicted to all things Disney!