Sunday, December 24, 2017

Online Advent Calendar 2017 - Day 24

Here it is, the final day of the Online Advent Calendar 2017!  I've been graced with having "the big one" as Jo put it!  This is a piece I stitched many years ago, full of specialty stitches, beads and metallic threads.  I keep this picture up all year to keep Christmas in my heart.  I love the reason for the season and like to be reminded of Jesus' birth all the time.  

Jo has asked that we answer a question about Boxing day and how we spend it, do we have any traditions surrounding it.  Boxing day is a UK holiday and as such we don't really celebrate it here.  It is traditionally a day when they give gifts to those who perform a service for them throughout the year, such as mail carriers, refuse collectors, etc.  We used to make Christmas cookies and candy and give it to neighbors, landlords, etc.  I haven't done that in a very long time, it's a tradition I really should bring back.  I always enjoyed making goodies for others, and (not to toot my own horn) but many of them would wait in anticipation knowing those goodies were on their way around Christmas!  LOL  Just ask Astrid, she has been the recipient of our Buckeye Balls a few times!  Now we usually try to attend a movie that comes out around the holidays.  We also get new game every year from "Santa" which we all play together while we snack on leftovers.  Having lived far away from family all of our married life, we enjoy the time laughing and enjoying one another's company.  With both the guys working on the day after Christmas, we will not be able to do that this year.  I will start a new cross stitch project, I usually get a nice pattern with all the supplies from DH for Christmas! 

I want to thank Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching for hosting the online Advent Calendar 2017!  It's always fun to take part in her hops, challenges, and other events she has going on over on her blog!  You can still access the calendar it you would like to hop around the other days leading up to Christmas.

I leave you with my advent calendar that I have been counting down the days til Christmas.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and many blessings in the coming New year!


Vickie said...

The Three Wise Men is amazing DJ. Your Advent Calendar is really neat. I have never seen one like that. :) Merry Christmas to you all!

FlashinScissors said...

Wow! Gorgeous stitching!
What a great advent calendar, love the way you’ve displayed it!
I enjoyed reading about your Boxing Day traditions, thank you for sharing!
Wishing you a Very Happy Christmas!
Barbara xx

Susan said...

I have had the Three Kings pattern kitted up since I saw it in that first "Treasures in Needlework" (I do so miss that magazine). Beautiful stitching and post. Merry Christmas.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. You chose the perfect piece for the final door! Love all the detail in this design.

Hope you have a lovely Christmas and some time to relax too.

beadgirl said...

Wow, that is an impressive finish! I love everything to do with the Three Kings, and of course I've cross stitched a few designs, but nothing that intricate (and large). Merry Christmas!

rosey175 said...

I'm here from Jo's advent hop~ You have an amazing "finisher" piece for the final door! It's good to see it stays up all year too; it's fantastic. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Astrids dragon said...

So very beautiful, as always.
Yes, I think we need an event for you to attend and bring the Buckeyes to!
Hope to see you before the New Year, it's coming quick.

Katie said...

I'm on the blog hop and stopping by. Love your beautiful stitching. The advent calendar is very neat. Thanks for sharing your traditions with us too.

Julie said...

I've really enjoyed my catch up read with you. What a great 12 Days parcel you receved, such lovely things from your partner and those you sent out.
Delightful door for Dec 24th, perfect for the end of the blog hop.
I hope you were able to enjoy some Christmas fun this year despite the loss you suffered.
Love and blessings xx

Brigitte said...

What a gorgeous piece you stitched here. Wonderful!