Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I am very keen on Smarty being connected to her heritage as both her father and I have come to the United States as adults. This is why we often talk about traditions of our home countries – Germany and Russia, and this Christmas we made a very special ornament to celebrate Russia.
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Book Inspiration

Several years ago I was lucky to lay my hands on How the Russian Snow Maiden Helped Santa Claus by Gail Buyske, and it was in our Christmas reading repertoire ever since. It’s a sweet story that connects Russian gift bringer Ded Moroz and Western Santa Claus. Since Christmas in Orthodox Russia doesn’t happen until January 7, Ded Moroz sends his granddaughter Snow Maiden to help Santa. Not surprisingly, a lot of children are getting a very special present that Christmas – a Russian nesting doll also known as matryoshka. A couple of years ago this book inspired us to paint a set of Matryoshka dolls, but we gave that set to my parents as a Christmas present. This year I wanted to make a matryoshka Christmas ornament to put on our tree.

Make Your Matryoshka Ornament


Supplies Needed

Draw a face and dress for your matryoshka. Since the surface is small, we went with a simple traditional red shawl and a “rainbow” design for a dress. You could add glitter glue or small stickers to make your ornament more “sparkly”. Disconnect a key chain and hang up your ornament on the tree.
DIY Russian Doll Ornament

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Flash Bugs Studio said...

I love the idea of creating a project based on your heritage. What sweet ornament to teach about important traditions.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

My kids would definitely enjoy making ornaments like this one.

mama♥miss said...

Love this! A beautiful ornament filled with so much meaning and love!

Ticia said...

That actually gets me thinking, we've got some Lego keychains... They could be ornaments (I was thinking you could just leave the key chain part on and hang it that way, cause you know I'm lazy).

Carolyn Wilhelm said...

Very fun! I like this so much.