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Old 08.03.2011, 14:44
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Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

In the stores like Interio, Coop, Migros, and even in the hardware stores, in the "seasonal" or craft section, I see crazy amounts of garland, tiny cut-out characters and other various tchotchkes that change from season to season, holiday to holiday.

What do the Swiss use these for?

For example, I'm sending Easter gifts back to the US. I needed some Easter wrap and ribbons. Easy. Then I noticed all of these other springtime/Easter related doodads so I bought a few to tie onto my packages.

But what is the real use for these decorative items? Especially the garland or like the wire flowers with twine and beads hanging off of them. If I went in a Swiss home, is it totally full of little painted things? What am I missing?
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Old 08.03.2011, 14:50
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

What is the actual size of those doodads? If they are small, scrapbooking has made it here...
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Old 08.03.2011, 15:15
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

The tiny cut-out characters make nice table decorations for festive dinners with friends and family and prettify wrapped presents. Not sure about the garlands though. Just hang them in the window?
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Old 08.03.2011, 15:28
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

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What is the actual size of those doodads? If they are small, scrapbooking has made it here...
The majority of them are way too 3-dimensional for scrapbooking. Plus, they have ribbons or string attached like they are meant to hang from something. Do the Swiss keep a little feather tree up all year 'round to decorate?

I mean, there's just toooo many of these things for sale for it to be a random phenomenon. They're obviously doing something with them!
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Old 08.03.2011, 16:01
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

I know the answer to this one...


A Swiss Easter tree:



I'm not a lady but I do live with one and I have to look after the tree for the rest of the year!
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Old 08.03.2011, 16:07
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

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A Swiss Easter tree:



I'm not a lady but I do live with one and I have to look after the tree for the rest of the year!
So, you actually have one of these in your house? Is your wife Swiss? I'm just curious, no offense intended at all! P.S. I sort of think you are yanking my chain because nobody keeps their table decorated like that all of the time, do they?!?
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Old 08.03.2011, 16:20
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So, you actually have one of these in your house? Is your wife Swiss? I'm just curious, no offense intended at all! P.S. I sort of think you are yanking my chain because nobody keeps their table decorated like that all of the time, do they?!?
My wife is Swiss and we have one of those hazel trees in the house at Easter. The children hang those Easter things on it (wooden eggs etc).
For the rest of the year, it stays outside in a pot.

And, when inside, our is on the floor.
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

I've received a number of gifts from the wives of my husbands colleagues all of whom have embellished their gifts with a multitude of little faux flowers, ribbons and baubles and so I've deduced that a basic gift bag or wrapping paper and ribbon is not the norm here, it needs 'things' added.
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

Tom is actually right. It's called "Osterbaum" and it does not necessarily need to be a real tree very often we just use a branch / limb for example cork screw willow or another green branch and decorate that. Some people also decorate the windows with it. To answer your first question: no not all Swiss houses have that but many with young children because they often decorate plastic eggs etc at Kindergarten...hope that helps
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

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So, you actually have one of these in your house? Is your wife Swiss? I'm just curious, no offense intended at all! P.S. I sort of think you are yanking my chain because nobody keeps their table decorated like that all of the time, do they?!?
No, not all the time! We usually have one, I decorate it about a week before Easter, and then it stays until the branches have sprouted, bloomed, and passed on!
My other half is Swiss, and I love these seasonal traditions, the kids love it too.
the other bits and bobs are also used to decorate windowsills, door wreaths.
and entrance halls.

I find the different festival throughout the autumn, winter and the beginning of spring, gives on something to look forward to, and breaks the monotony of the cold miserable winter months.
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I've received a number of gifts from the wives of my husbands colleagues all of whom have embellished their gifts with a multitude of little faux flowers, ribbons and baubles and so I've deduced that a basic gift bag or wrapping paper and ribbon is not the norm here, it needs 'things' added.
and do you know what i have noticed, the wrapping is usually, better than the contents!!
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Re: Ladies--What is with the craft-y stuff in the stores?

Oh yes, Easter tree is done in many places all over Europe. It's not really tree per se, it is a bunch of branches of some tree that is timed to have the buds open up and show the new leaves right at Easter.



Every table is supposed to have it, I am sure we will have it also at work. The girlands are just a nicer way to do it, bows, eggs, etc.
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