It’s printable season here at The Navage Patch, and that means we’re working overtime to bring you as many awesome free Christmas printables as possible, as soon as possible, so you’ll have plenty of time to print them and decorate your house for the holidays! Today we’re offering a beautiful selection of free printable buffalo plaid Christmas decor, including a printable nativity scene in two parts that you’re going to love!
Keep your eyes peeled and have your mouse hand at the ready, because from now until Christmas, we’ll be serving up lots of free printable holiday cheer, including watercolor Christmas printables and winter patent art!
But first, did you ever wonder where the heck the term “buffalo plaid” (aka buffalo check) comes from? I gotta be honest – until last week’s free printable post, I’d never heard of it.
Oddly enough, I bought a pair of buffalo plaid pajamas a few days before writing that post. Who knew?
Not me, that’s for sure.
I knew nuthin!
Hey, I’m a guy. We’re not supposed to know the names of the fabrics and patterns we wear.
Anyway, there’s a really cool story behind buffalo plaid.
Would you like to hear it?
I thought so!
Once upon a time there was a big burly Scotsman named Jock McCluskey who came to the New World to seek his fortune back in the late 19th century. He worked as a bounty hunter, a fur trapper, a gold miner, and he even dabbled in keeping the peace as frontier lawman. Those were troubled times on the American Frontier. Seven hundred men of the US 7th cavalry under Lt. Col. George Custer had recently been defeated by 2500 warriors of the Lakota, Arapaho and Northern Cheyenne tribes in the Battle of Little Bighorn. This didn’t sit well with the powers-that-were at the time, and the ensuing years were dark and painful for the American Indians.
Jock McCluskey found himself in this war-torn country at a time when fighting was an inescapable part of life on the frontier.
He was fearsome in battle, and his size struck terror into his foes.
But for all his skill and fearlessness on the battlefield, he was equally well know for his compassion. During those years of Indian persecution, McCluskey saw past the hatred and saw decency and humanity in the Native Americans.
Through kindness and understanding, he gained acceptance by many of the Great Plains Indian tribes. It didn’t hurt that he was a total badass on the battlefield, and most of the Indian warriors held him in pretty high esteem. They came to trust him, and Jock McCluskey went on to become a valuable liaison between the US Government/Military and the Indians. He was a rare white man welcomed by both sides in the bloody war for this nation’s Heartland.
He traded frequently with the Indians, bartering all sorts of “civilized” goods for buffalo pelts. The most coveted barter goods he brought were the heavy woolen blankets from his native Scotland woven in the distinctive red and black pattern we know so well today.
The Indians at the time did not have the means to produce such deep and rich reds, so many of the tribes believed that the dye for these blankets must been distilled from the blood of spirits and ghouls. McCluskey let them run with this belief, and those blankets became prized by Indian warriors, who would sling them across their horses, believing spirit guardians within the blankets would bring them luck and keep them safe.
The warriors called these blankets, “plaid,” as they were apparently unable to pronounce the Gaelic word “pladjer,” meaning “blanket.”
The US Army outposts and trading forts who bartered for McCluskey’s pelts and blankets also picked up the term “plaid,” when referring to the red and black tartan pattern, and thus was born the American term for plaid which refers to the tartan, as opposed to the Gaelic word which refers to the blanket.
From there, someone at some point added the “buffalo” in front of “plaid,” and the rest is history.
From a heavy wool blanket draped over war horses to a printable nativity scene – buffalo plaid has come a long way. So sit back, sip your coffee, click your mouse, and enjoy your free printable buffalo plaid Christmas decor!
As usual, here’s some information on the buffalo plaid printables: we designed these 15 free Christmas printables in two colors and to fit into a 16×20 inch frame or a 24×36 poster frame, though you may scale them up or down as necessary. 24×36 inch scales down easily to 20×30 / 16×24 / 12×18 / 8×12 / 4×6 inches, and 16×20 inch scales down to 12×15 / 8×10 / 4×5 inches with no problems. If you need help with scaling down these printables so you can print them using your home printer, then check out our “How To Easily Resize Pictures” post
Also, if you don’t have a large format printer like the Canon i8720 Printer (prints up to 13×19 inches) and are wondering the best place to get these printables printed bigger than 8×12, we recommend trying Staples in your area or Amazon print shop. Both stores offer custom-sized prints on matte or glossy paper, and they both cost about the same. Staples also offers Engineering Prints, which are really affordable for large-format prints, but in some areas (like ours), they must be ordered from their online print shop.
Now it’s time to click on the button below to download today’s printable buffalo plaid Christmas decor – you’ll find them under the Christmas section of The VIP Patch.
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