A Quiet Christmas

This year I noticed I was in a pretty festive mood even before Thanksgiving. But I was working constantly on finishing a special quilt, one that I had conceived last year at Christmastime when I attended a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and I didn’t want to stop to get Christmas decorations out.

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When I finally finished the quilt, (and I did finish it in time to hang in in my church the week before Christmas,) it was raining, and I didn’t want to haul Christmas decorations from the storage shed to the house. Then I was working quickly to finish one quilt for a present for my brother’s family, and I didn’t want to take the time to put Christmas decorations up. (My brother loves the zoo, and I couldn’t resist this panel of zoo animals when I saw it at the fabric store.)

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Finally, I got a pattern to make “artful oven mitts,” and I was having so much fun making some last minute Christmas presents that I didn’t want to stop long enough to put Christmas decorations up.

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And that’s how it happened that I had a Christmas without decorations even though I was in a festive mood. Somewhere along the way, I did have an epiphany–one of the things I DON’T like about decorating for Christmas is hauling the decorations from the storage shed to the house. I now have more storage room in my house, and so sometime in the new year I am going to go through my decorations, thin them down a bit, and bring them in the house.

I did remember to order a ham from the local meat market for my own Christmas dinner. I almost forgot about the rest of the dinner, and one morning I was at the store with only about 10 minutes to spare and I suddenly remembered, what else do I want to make?! So I remembered that I love this old recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook for Buffet Potatoes, and  I love the jello salad I’ve made for years.

I made lightened up versions of both, and I’ll share that in a post later this week. Yummy, if I do say so myself. I only made one batch of cookies. They were the featured cookie of a well-known quilter, so I just had to try them! Quite delicious–the recipe called for fresh cranberries, but since I had a boatload of dried cranberries, that’s what I put in mine.

The girls got new beds and toys for Christmas. Bessie claimed the small round bed next to the wood stove.

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And Chloe is quite enamored of all the new toys 🙂 Sophie prefers her perch next to the wood stove. After all, the Queen must maintain a higher station than the common dogs.

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All in all, for me it was a wonderful Christmas season. I attended a wonderful church in Folsom that celebrated Advent in a special way, each Sunday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And I attended my home church for our Christmas dinner, Christmas Eve candlelight service, and again on Christmas morning, before heading to my niece’s house for a nice Christmas dinner with family. For me, this is the way to celebrate Christmas.

I hope you all had Christmas just the way you wanted it, and I wish for you all a peaceful and happy New Year!

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8 thoughts on “A Quiet Christmas

  1. As always, your quilts are just gorgeous and your craftiness astounds me.

    I get the whole not wanting to drag things out because it’s inconvenient – I have a few things stored that way myself but haven’t been able to figure out a better solution. I guess you learned it’s not the decorations that make Christmas and the way you celebrated sounds lovely.

  2. Look at all of those fresh, clean doggie beds! Of course the Queen’s is elevated. Of course. 🙂

    I barely decorated this year…I’m getting better about easing up on the stress of decorating considering it’s all on me, and some years, I am good with less. The idea of finding a spot inside your house for your Christmas decorations along with culling them before you move everything is a good one, plus it will be nice to see everything again as you decide what makes the cut. I’ve been doing some culling over the last few years, but I still have items that I never put out anymore and I really should just let them go.

    Glad your Christmas was done the way you wanted it to be. That’s the best! 🙂

  3. You did Christmas just the way you wanted to!! Your quilt is lovely that hung in the church.
    I love your versions of the recipes. Keep up the great work you do on all fronts!!

  4. Your home is such a peaceful kingdom with the dogs by the fireplace all toasty warm, your beautiful quilts, and the way you revise old recipes into healthier versions. So glad you had a happy holiday season.

    • (sorry, comment was sent early)
      quilt” is. It is truly beautiful, I could hear the music in my mind while looking at it. Your church is lucky to get to put it up!

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