Since we have written (and continue to write) so much about Christmas, we have created a new category; so if you are looking for last year’s Advent calendar demo, you can go look in that category and everything we have written about Christmas will come up.
Isn’t this ridiculous! This is the start of one of Daphne’s Christmas presents, and so far I have to admit to being pretty pleased. But, owl needs a house! Wait, hasn’t that happened before? But this owl is not going to take over piglet’s house – I’m going to make him his own.
We already have an enormous Advent calendar, which I love. I am also finishing up aÂ knit one pretty soon here,Â which you will see the moment the last end is woven in and the last pom pom is installed. So you will be relieved to know that the two of these which I made are being sent to family! You could of course make this out of prettier paper (although it should be cardstock). Mine were really the “crank it out” version. I had wanted to get pretty glittery number stickers, Read More
Last night was our monthly psalm sing, and I have to say that it is just plain ol’ wonderful. We have a music director, Dr. David Erb, who is taking us on to the next level of congregational singing, and he is not only talented musically, but leads with authority, humor, and an enthusiasm that is catching.
He often leads us with his trombone, while Corinne Reagan accompanies on the piano. One week he brought some percussion instruments for a few volunteers to play. (I believe my husband got to bang on a drum….something he no doubt enjoyed!) The basic format is singing with a couple of breaks. After we sing for a bit, we pause for an exhortation from one of the elders.Â Last night my brother-in-law Gordon spoke about Christmas traditions Read More
I caught something on the news yesterday about new billboard ads just in time for the holidays that claim you don’t have to believe in a god to celebrate Christmas. We can all just be good for goodness’ sake.This tells me that the secularists have given up trying to get rid of Christmas because they know they have lost that battle decisively. Everyone knows that the bad guys in all the best stories are the ones who want to banish Christmas. (I seem to remember hearing last year about an airport that removed their Christmas decorations due to complaints, and then they put them up again due to the outrage it caused.)There is no stopping Christmas. It keeps on coming every year, irrevocably, irresistibly, unceasingly. In fact, this year it seems to have been on everyone’s mind even earlier than usual because the stores were busting out the decorations a few minutes after Halloween. In Florida last week I saw a huge Christmas tree set up at a mall and the lighting took Read More
So last year around the last day of November we all had a little discussion about Advent calendars and how to make them and ideas for them, etc. The trouble was, the discussion left everyone about 30 minutes at a very busy time of year to try to crank something out. This year, I decided to make another Advent calendar contraption, but I thought I would share the pattern with you all in case any of you knitters want to make one too. It goes very quickly, although you can see that I have not even sort of finished mine yet. The concept is a sort of garland to hang across a mantle or curtain rod or anything with a number on each mitten. The pocket for a treat or clue or something would obviously be inside of the mitten. The string will probably just be an i-cord, and I am waiting to do all the numbers until I have them all done to make sure the colors are evened out. I go the idea from one that I saw as a prop in a Country Living photo shoot, although theirs had hats also. So, knitters, get going! Read More