Last Minute Christmas Gifts! Check Out These Awesome Suggestions!

Pinecone crochet ornament

It is almost Christmas! Just a week away now! And if you still haven't finished your shopping for friends and loved ones on your gift list who love to play with yarn, I have a really great gift idea!!! No crowded parking lots! No last minute shipping charges! No wrapping! No size worries or color choices!

Feliz Navidad! How-to Celebrate by Making Easy Mini Ristra Ornaments and Gift Toppers

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Today, December 16th is the beginning of the 9 days of Las Posadas - a centuries old tradition in Mexico and in many towns and villages in New Mexico in which the search for "a room in the inn" is re-enacted every night until Christmas. Children and their parents wander through their neighborhood visiting home after home until finally they are welcomed in for delicious holiday treats and singing and sometimes breaking of a pinata.

Scandinavian Luminarias to Welcome Christmas

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Scandinavian Luminarias!! Perfect blend of the two cultures that influence my holidays most - Scandinavian art and craft (and cookies of course), and childhood memories of unique and magical Christmas traditions in Santa Fe, NM.

12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas Begins Today on The Pickled Herring

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Today is finally here! The first Day of the 12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas!!

And you don't want to miss it!

Kathryn at the Pickled Herring is hosting the 12 Days of Scandinavian Christmas again this year and has invited me to participate!

Apple and Green Chile Scandi Heart Empanadas to Celebrate Lucia Day and Guadalupe Day.

Apple and Green Chile Empanadas

"Apple and Green Chile Empanadas" to celebrate both the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12th) and Lucia Day (Dec. 13th)!

I am not from Mexico nor Catholic, and there is no Scandinavian blood in my recent ancestry, but I always celebrate December 12th and 13th - and quite often by blending the two cultural traditions that have so completely influenced my art, craft, heart and Winter Holiday celebrations.

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