Celebrating Christmas

Today I came across an interesting way in which you can decorate your home for christmas when it next comes around. The Japanese have a unique way of using nature to make their homes feel cosy, beautiful and different. And so I chose to blog about it 🙂


One way of coping with the chaos brought on by the demands of Christmas is to embrace the Japanese aesthetic of ‘wabi-sabi’. This is the art of finding beauty in the acceptance of transience and imperfection, and decrees a simple and modest lifestyle that’s balanced and in tune with nature.

A garden design store in Japan called Green Fingers, encourages customers to transform their home and environment with greenery when it comes to christmas, instead of many artificial items. Plants such as dried and preserved flowers, succulents, air plants, artificial flowers and driftwood are used to decorate a home inside or outside wherever the person wants.

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‘Wabi-sabi’ is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. If an object or expression can bring about within us a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then in Japan that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.

After centuries of incorporating artistic and Buddhist influences from China, wabi-sabi eventually evolved into a distinctly Japanese ideal. Over time, the meanings of wabi and sabi shifted to become more lighthearted and hopeful.

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