Category: Celebrations

Gifts for Every Girl On Your List

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This holiday season, we’re making it a bit easier to surprise your little citizens with something they’ll truly love. We understand that no two little citizens have the same interests. And one outfit can’t make every girl happy!  Does she spend her days dreaming of adventure and loves to hike and ski? Or does she prefer to be cozy and curled up reading the newest books? No matter what her interests are, we have you covered!

Gifts for Every Boy On Your List

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We all know shopping for everyone on your list is a daunting task, especially when each little citizen has their own unique personality. This holiday season, we want to make things just a bit easier for you. We’ve put together the perfect outfits that are easy to gift, whether the little boy in your life is always on the hunt for adventure or he prefers to be at home reading about it, we have you covered!

5 Tea Prints. 1 Table Top. And, a colorful bonus!

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The coveted role of hosting Thanksgiving. You know the job. You need the clean house, the extra chairs, the extra oven space. Where will the desserts go? How many bottles of wine will you need? The last thing you want to worry about is decorating the table! Inspired by the geometrics, florals, silver and golds found in our holiday collection, our Thanksgiving decor seemed like an easy solve. With the help of 5 particular patterns, we pulled together a tablescape perfect for all your fall festivities! 

The History of Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving. What comes to mind? You may think… A time to stop and reflect. A time to give thanks. A time for friends and family to pack into your house. A meal that everyone gathers around… they eat and eat until it seems impossible to eat anymore. You may think of your great grandmother’s famous apple pie or your in-law’s fried turkey.

Thanksgiving usually comes along with a few key dishes. You’ll find pumpkin pies, stuffing, green bean casseroles and of course, turkey! While these have become staple dishes, we’re afraid we have to tell you that the pilgrims didn’t actually bond over pumpkin pie. Traditions today have evolved over time. So, let’s a look at history of Thanksgiving and how it all came to be.

Marigold Flowers: A Symbol of Celebration

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A garden of marigolds…. orange, yellow and rust,
Bright, soft and rich, touched with golden dust.
Quiet and regal, sun kissed and fair,
Basil – citrus fragrance that mellows the moist air.
A thousand smiling marigolds, a thousand smiling suns,
Sweet nectar, ambrosia, for natures gentle ones.

Woven into garlands, yellow with tips of red,
Woven into memories with many a words unsaid.

-A poem by Nishu Mathur

Naamkaran: A Naming Ceremony

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Every culture has different traditions surrounding the birth of a little one, each celebration being unique but with a central theme of love and happiness. In the Hindu religion, many Indians practice the ceremony of Naamkaran, in which a new baby is named. In Sanskrit, “naam” means name and “karan” means to create. Traditionally, Naamkaran is held anywhere from the eleventh to twelfth day after the baby is born and before the baby’s first birthday. Family members and friends gather to celebrate the baby and the women are central figures in the ceremony and they carry many of the main rituals. A baby’s name is very important and parents usually take many things into consideration before settling on a name. Some parents look at the day and time of the baby’s birth, or look to astrology, numerology, music and mythology.  The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate the birth of the new baby and to welcome and bless it with a prosperous life. We named many of the pieces in our new collection after traditional Indian names. Learn more about the names of some of our baby and newborn pieces below!