A blessed and joyous Christmas to everyone! I saw this little project on Connecting Threads not long ago and it spoke to me of the light of Christmas. At my house we celebrate Jesus’ birth, and His sacrifice of love in becoming human, and living in our fallen world until He took the punishment for our sin on Himself. Accepting that gift makes us lights into a world that is filled with darkness and evil. At Christmas we ponder the light we have been, and seek to become a brighter and more constant light to those we come in contact with.
Today, I rejoice that my little family is all around me. Both of my sweet girls are home and my husband and I revel in their company and tales of school. Preparations are under way for tomorrow’s dinner, and of course the tree is up and decorated. Our family has some traditions that we enjoy, including making an ornament for the tree each year. While that truly got started when the girls were finishing high school, it has become a fun tradition! I started this year’s ornament last winter, and had actually forgotten it until this week!
The pattern came from an old issue of Cross Stich & Country Crafts, which had amazing Christmas stocking patterns, which I made for each of the girls when they were tiny. I chose the cow because I grew up on a dairy farm, with over 100 “bossies” all around. I padded the front with a layer of batting, though now I think 2-3 layers would have given a nicer finish. I glued the batting to a peice of cardboard, then glued the stitched peice snipping the curves so it would lie flat. Next I added the eyelet and set it under a heavy glass candy dish while I covered the back of a second peice of cardboard with some Christmas fabric, then added the grosgrain ribbon as the hanger. More glue to put the two pieces together, then back under that heavy candy dish for the night. Amazing what one can do with a little Elmers glue and a bit of fabric!
The eyelet trim also made an appearance on the Christmas pajamas, which are wrapped and under the tree. Not my best effort, but they are after all for sleeping in, not for running around in public! Yes, that list from my last post is getting worked on; several rows knitted, seams being sewn on the muslin…yes I even tried the pocket facings, and so far so good.
This evening we will participate in the Christmas Eve service, and come home to our traditional red velvet cake as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Merry Christmas!