Celtic Christmas Decorations: Wales

by JoHarrington

Does Christmas mean taffy and a visit from Sion Corn in your home? Then indulge that hiraeth by picking out some Celtic Christmas ornaments from Wales.

After seeing the vast and rich array of decorations available for my Irish cousins, I'm admittedly a little disappointed that there's not more for the Welsh.

However, there are Cymru Christmas ornaments out there; and I've been hunting for hours to round them all up into this Wizzle.

If you have any Welsh heritage at all, then you may like to include that Celtic touch in your Yuletide decorations this year.

Janet Rees Sings Tawel Yw'r Nos

That's 'Silent Night' in Welsh by the way! Enjoy the beautiful language of my people.

Siôn Corn Christmas Ornament

This rare double decoration set, from the International Santa Claus Collection, is billed as the Welsh Father Christmas. But we all know who that is - Siôn Corn!

(In case you're a little rusty on the old Welsh language, you pronounce it Shaun Corn.  You're welcome.)

Every Christmas, the Welsh Santa Claus comes to leave presents for all (good) boys and girls.  Siôn Corn enjoys the mince pie and milk left out for him, then takes off to visit the next house.

He has to fit in visits to every cartrefydd in Wales, flying in his magic sleigh pulled by reindeer; then zoom off to find the little Welsh children all over the world.  Busy night!

Siôn Corn is depicted here as a Christmas tree decoration and a five inch free-standing ornament.

Siôn Corn: Welsh Father Christmas Figurine

Y Ddraig Goch Christmas Tree Decoration

What could be more Welsh than Y Ddraig Goch, the Red Dragon of Wales?  (Don't think I can't hear you muttering 'sheep' and 'rain' at your computer screen. You're not funny, you know.)

This hardboard ornament measures 3.5" wide by 2.5" tall.  It will add a ferocious bit of Welsh pride to your Christmas tree.  Then you can leave it out for St David's Day at the beginning of March.  Two holidays for the price of one!

Welsh Flag Christmas Tree Ornament

Baner Cymru Christmas Tree Decorations

If the hardboard version isn't doing it for you, then there are plenty of alternative Y Ddraig Goch decorations to hang on your Christmas tree.

Like the two over on the right.

Let me throw in a quick pronunciation guide:

Baner Cymru = banner cum-ree

Y Ddraig Goch = ee thray-g goh-ch 

The last 'ch' there is soft, like in 'loch' or the 'c' in 'cat'.

The Red Dragon has been the symbol of Wales since Lludd (and later Merlin) had a vision down in a cave.  It appeared on the flags, whenever the Welsh had a presence on the battlefield, in the 12th century; and Owain Glyndŵr raised in when he liberated Wales in 1400.

Today it flies in an official capacity over every governmental building in Wales;  and unofficially over everything else!  (There's one in the back of my car.)

Y Ddraig Goch ddyry cychwyn!

Glittery Y Ddraig Goch with Presents

Ok, this one is a little tenuous, as Kurt Adler didn't actually say that his resin red dragon is particularly Welsh.

But it's red, it's covered in glitter and it's hoarding presents.  Looks like Y Ddraig Goch to me!  And if it's not, then consider this a take-over on behalf of the whole Welsh nation.

He's three inches in length and comes with a golden thread to attach to your Welsh Christmas tree. (Well, Welsh by the time you've finished hanging all of these dragons off it anyway.)

As it's by Kurt Adler, you know it's high quality.

Red Glittered Dragon Christmas Ornament

Joyful Welsh Christmas Decoration with Y Draig Goch

I love the happy accident of the Welsh flag displaying the colors most commonly associated with Christmas anyway!

In this pewter Zazzle decoration, Y Draig Goch is depicted encircled by wonderfully festive words - joy, peace, love, live - like a talisman against the Lords of Misrule. 

Let the darkness come, and the winter too, the Red Dragon will show the way and we - joyful, peaceable, living in love - follow into the bright dawn of a new year.

Patriotic Welsh Flag Christmas Round Ornament

More Welsh Red Dragon Christmas Tree Ornaments

Cymru is the Welsh word for Wales. It means 'brotherhood', while Wales translates as 'foreigners' in the old Saxon tongue. True facts!

Learn to Sing a Welsh Christmas Carol!

Elmo5242 - born and bred Welshman - teaches us how to sing 'Nadolig, Nadolig' (Christmas, Christmas). Enjoy!

Nadolig Llawen Christmas Tree Decorations

Now that Elmo has taught you how to say 'Merry Christmas' in Welsh, then this is a good moment to grab that greeting for your tree!

Time for another Welsh pronunciation guide.  If you watched the YouTube video, then Elmo says merry Christmas in Welsh at the end.  But for completion sake, I'll tell you too.

Nadolig = na-doll-eeg   I do like how Elmo says that it's like 'no dolly' but with a 'g' on the end! Much giggling happened here at that.

Put the tip of your tongue against the back of your top two front teeth.  Now just breathe. Don't try to force a sound. The breath is it.  That's 'Ll', and all you have to do then is add 'aw-wen'.

Welsh Corgi Angel Christmas Tree Topper

Corgi Welsh Christmas Tree Topper

Is it wrong that I have the giggles? It's an angel with a corgi head.  I reserve the right to smile over this one, as it's surely meant to be humorous.

Of all the dogs in Wales, the corgi is the most famous, mostly because Queen Elizabeth II loves the breed so much. She always has at least four running around Buckingham Palace; though not on top of her Christmas tree.

Originally, these dogs were running around the Pembroke and Ceredigion hillsides, herding sheep.  Many of them still are!

Corgi is also famous for being one of the most successful infiltrations of the Welsh language into English.  The name is Welsh - cor means 'stunted' or 'dwarf' and ci means 'dog'.  Cor + ci = dwarf dog, though the 'c' mutated into a 'g', hence 'corgi'. 

Welsh Christmas Tree Baubles

The Welsh Corgi (so beloved of the royal family) appear to be in vogue this Christmas, but there's also one with Nadolig Llawen in festive gold.

Winter River Dee Snowflake Ornament

Is it good or bad that I know exactly where this photograph was taken? 

The Deeside Caffe-Bistro (no, I didn't misspell cafe, it's Welsh) has a little platform right over the River Dee in Llangollen. You can sit on tables and chairs there, though probably more so in summer.

The photographer was either on there, or hanging right over the stone wall of the bridge above.

Frankly, I don't blame them!  Llangollen is beautiful at any time of year, but the winter snows add an even greater wild beauty to the rapids of the River Dee.

I'm nostalgic for this scene, and I don't live too far away from it!

Welsh Christmas Llangollen Decoration

In fact, the original ornament disappeared, so I went there to create one of my own!

Christmas Ornaments with Welsh Scenes

These are all from my own Beautiful Britain Zazzle store. Depicted are scenes from Wales on Christmas decorations, that I photographed and posted myself.

Nadolig Llawen

And that's your lot!   Wishing you all a very nadolig llawen from all of us here at Wizzley; and here is how Welsh men sing, just to finish us off here.

Only Men Aloud: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

More Celtic Christmas Decorations and Gifts on Wizzley

Whether it's Nadolig Llawen or Nollaig Shona Duit, there are Christmas cards to match. It's a beautiful way to convey seasonal greetings to all of your Gaels and Celts.
Do you or your ancestors hail from the Emerald Isle? Then add a little nod to your Celtic heritage on your Christmas tree this year. Check out these Irish Yule ornaments.
There's an auld song that keeps on being played across the waters, wherever the Scots found their clans. Remember your roots with some Scottish Christmas ornaments.
On January 6th there is a mad frenzy to take down the Christmas decorations. That tradition is more modern than you might think.
Updated: 11/26/2014, JoHarrington
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JoHarrington on 12/02/2012

Y croeso! <3

john howe on 12/02/2012

Jo Diloch yn fawr from a exiled Welsh man in Bangkok.

JoHarrington on 11/28/2012

Shonna - LOL And what's new here, cariad? <3

JoHarrington on 11/28/2012

Mira - I may be biased, but I think that the Welsh language is the most beautiful sound on Earth. Y croeso. (You're welcome!)

I note your request for a Wizzle about the Welsh dragon, and I will do my best to deliver it. <3

Shonna on 11/28/2012

You had me at Wales!

Mira on 11/28/2012

So interesting! Now I know about the Red Dragon and more about corgis!! Ah, and learned a few other things as well, including some Welsh.:) I'm fascinated by what this language looks on paper, and like the sound of it (thank you for the Silent Night song!)

I want to know more about the Red Dragon!! So interesting that a fantastical creature shows up on a flag. I guess you didn't write more about it because people know about it, but I find it fascinating.

JoHarrington on 11/28/2012

Bendigedig! Did you sing along with him?

Ragtimelil on 11/28/2012

A Video teaching Welsh that I haven't seen!!!

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