PUZURIS: A Baltic Winter Solstice Craft Tradition

Puzuri and ķisti are among some of the oldest known Winter Solstice decorations that ancient Balts made – and not only for Christmas, but for other special life events, such as weddings, and to bring blessing and grace to a home.

Puzuri and ķisti are Winter Solstice decorations that ancient Baltic people made and a lovely craft to pair with this list of children's books.
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Puzuris are believed to be a symbol of “wholeness”. Their constant slow movement when hanging scares away or traps evil spirits. As with Native American dream catchers, they should be aired every so often. Furthermore, they can be burned in the New Year’s bonfire to guarantee an evil-free year. In different areas of Latvia, they are also called lukturi, krīģi, spurguļi; and other Scandinavian and Northern European countries call them himmeli – from both Swedish and German himmel (sky, heaven).

Learn how to make this beautiful winter solstice craft on Femme au Foyer.

Pair this lovely craft with one of these lovely children’s books about Winter Solstice on the list below.

Pair the PUZURIS: A Baltic Christmas Craft Tradition activity with this lovely list of books about Winter Solstice from Rhythms of Play. 
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