Merry Christmas

Christmas card Diane sent to me from college, December 1986.

Just to let me know how much she was looking forward to coming home for the holiday break.

I always had cookie tins and jars filled with goodies lined up on the buffet awaiting her arrival.  And immediately upon arriving home, and after giving me my big hug, she made a beeline for the buffet - opening each one and blissfully sampling the contents, rolling her eyes and making happy, contented little sounds.  Still to this day, one of my favorite Christmas memories.

December 1! Winter Holidays begin!

December begins!

Because some of you are curious about the images behind the windows and doors on my new Advent calendar, I have decided to share a few of them as they are opened!

And of course I have the first ornament  - the beaded star  -  on my Christmas tree count down calendar.

Make Candles for Advent

Next Sunday, November 29th is the first Sunday of Advent .  And this is the wreath I will be using to celebrate the season.

For those of you unfamiliar with the meaning of the Advent season, or who may want to know a little more about the history of Advent wreaths and calendars, check out Advent and the Wreath.

The symbols on each candle are designed to remind us :

Sharing a new Advent Calendar

I have been wanting to make this giant Advent Calendar for almost 10 years!   10 YEARS!  How many of you have had projects on the back burner that long???

Martha started it all with her Advent Calendar using Christmas cards as the scenes behind the windows. I have been smitten with the idea ever since! I started collecting beautiful Christmas cards right away!

More Christmas in July!

Sarah's Holiday Handmade Crusade challenge for July is to "save summer"!  But what I want to save for summer isn't ready to be saved yet!

Sarah is also sharing "long term projects" in her Christmas in July series, so  I decided to share a couple of my own "long term projects" as my entry for July! "Saving summer" will have to wait until August!

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