Little Patchwork Doll
Multicultural Ornaments for Winter
This is a series of ornaments/wall hangings that I designed and made not just for holidays, but for any day of the year.
I really enjoyed reading the many stories of different cultures and religions and the celebrations and customs that are observed.
The dolls are all unique! Each has an object representative of various world holidays on the back, so the ornaments are reversible! ie: Hanukkah Doll/Menorah
While realizing that there are hundreds and hundreds of different celebrations, I have chosen just a handful. There are simply not enough hours in the day! Please note that these dolls are MY artistic interpretations and are not meant as religious/cultural icons. I have tried, and hopefully succeeded, to capture a very small part of each holiday celebration. Every culture is special and has fascinating history behind the celebrations that I would like to share with you!
The doll heads/faces are made from dollknit fabric, and hand-drawn; the patchwork ornament is 4” x 4” and is hand and machine embroidered. The designs on the backs are hand appliquéd and embroidered. Each comes with a hanging cord. There will be a short version of the celebration story sent with each doll.
Please visit my website to view past dolls and to order commissions. Thank you. www.mountaindollsnthings.com
Dortea has the traditional Rosca de Reyes bread on the back of her ornament. Try as I might I cannot make the red of the bow in the picture look RED! It is indeed bright red, not pink.
Three Kings Day
WHEN IS IT?
Three Kings Day ( Día de los Reyes ) is always celebrated on Jan. 6. It is often viewed as the last day of the Christmas season (the end of the 12 days of Christmas).
WHAT IS IT?
Also known as the Epiphany, Three Kings Day ( Día de los Reyes ) is a Christian celebration that commemorates the Biblical story of the three kings who followed the star of Bethlehem to bring gifts to the Christ child. According to the Biblical story, the Three Kings - named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - presented the Baby Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
WHO CELEBRATES IT?
This religious holiday is widely celebrated in the Hispanic community, especially by Mexican-Americans. In the United States, Three Kings Day is popular on the East Coast, particularly in New York and Florida, and in other areas with large Hispanic populations.
HOW DO PEOPLE CELEBRATE IT?
Traditionally in Mexico, Three Kings Day was the gift-giving time, rather than Christmas day. Just as it is common for children to leave cookies for Santa in the U.S., in some regions of Mexico, it was customary for children to leave their shoes out on the night of Jan. 5, often filling them with hay for the camels, in hopes that the Three Kings would be generous. Mexican children would awake on Jan. 6 to find their shoes filled with toys and gifts.
Today, many Mexican-American families concentrate their gift-giving around the Christmas holiday, but some still give gifts for both Christmas and Three Kings Day. A popular tradition practiced on Three Kings Day is serving the Rosca de Reyes - a crown-shaped sweet bread decorated with candied fruits to resemble jewels. Before baking, one or more tiny figures of babies - to symbolize the Baby Jesus - are hidden in the dough. Serving the Rosca de Reyes is a festive occasion, and groups of people, such as families or work groups, gather to partake in the sweet bread. Each person cuts his or her own slice, and as tradition goes, whoever gets a piece containing a baby is obliged to host another party on or before Feb. 2. This date is called El Día de la Candelaria (or Candlemas), and this traditional Christian celebration, also known as the Presentation of the Christ Child, marks the official end of Mexico's Christmas season.