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Luminarias

 

It wasn't Christmas when I was growing up without a drive around town on Christmas Eve to see the Luminarias. Actually, they are known as Farolitos (little fires) in New Mexico and the word "Luminaria" is reserved for the small bonfires used to light the way for participants in Las Posadas. But since most of the world knows the little bags with candles in them as Luminiarias or Luminaries, I am using that word in this post.

December 1st - Advent Calendar begins today - YAAAAAAAAAY

 

Here it is! The inspiration for the advent calendar I made my children 35 years ago. Another "must make" I saved from Mom's holiday magazines. This one I am almost sure was from McCalls.

And here is the last surviving ornament from the original set I made. My very crafty daughter Diane and I made new ones when she was in high school, and I tossed out the old felt ones. But she managed to retrieve one from the waste basket!

Make a Gingerbread House!

Today I am going to do my very best to convince you to add a gingerbread house project to your holiday celebrations. First, a little peek into my own gingerbread house history...

 

Season of Giving

Crafters are so generous with their time and talent - making blankets, quilts, baby items and clothing items for people in need. Although projects take place all year long, the spirit of giving seems to be especially strong during the holiday season.

This "bootie tree" stands in a lovely little yarn shop, 'It's A Crewel World" located in Camas, Washington. Donna Jensen, the proprietor hopes to cover two trees with hand-knitted or crocheted booties to be delivered on December 6th.

She will deliver one tree to Southwest Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, WA and the booties will be given to babies born in December to wear home.

The other tree, if she receives enough donations to cover two trees, will be delivered to the Pregnancy Crisis Center in Camas.

I hope some of you will undertake to knit or crochet a pair of booties and help her fill up the branches of her trees. Send booties to this address so they reach Donna by December 5th. You can e-mail her at knitter@pacifier.com for more information.

Below are listed other very worthy projects you may wish to participate in this season:

Care Wear collects handmade baby items and donates them to hospitals

Warm Up America! collects handmade blankets and clothing for donation to shelters, hospitals and hospices

afghans for Afghans collects handmade knit and crocheted items for refugees from the war in Afghanistan

Chemo Caps collects handmade caps for chemo patients

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