Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 24

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Can you believe the year is almost over? It seems like yesterday I was praying for summer vacation and now I am decorating the Christmas tree! In our family it is tradition to trim the tree on Christmas Eve, it is one of my most favorite Christmas activities. Actually, most of our Christmas celebration takes place on Christmas Eve. Starting with Christmas dinner, which is usually a bit early, around 3 or 4pm, then we decorate the tree while listening to Christmas music, followed by desert and our Christmas movie The Christmas Candle. The last thing we do is attend midnight services. Christmas morning I make a special breakfast, we exchange gifts, then we just “chill” all day, watch movies, read, I will cross stitch and hubby will work on his model rail road. This year the main theme for our Christmas holidays is casual and relaxed. We both need a few low stress days to prepare for the new year. Along those lines, we took time Thursday night to relax and see some Christmas lights. It was a very nice evening, especially because the weather here has been on the warmer side for December. Before moving on to some other details from my week, here is a collage of our Christmas activities so far:

What I’m Stitching

No surprise here, I am stitching Happily Ever After by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. The end is in sight, I have reached the bottom row of motifs. Right now I am working on filling in the border, then I will have the three final motifs to finish. There is no reason why I shouldn’t have this finished up before the year’s end. However, I am a bit sad to say goodbye to this piece. This pattern has been so enjoyable to stitch, in fact, this Stitch Along really reignited my love for cross stitching. So much so that I have signed up for the 2018 Stitch Along, Into The Jungle, but I may have mentioned that already. Anyway, here are some progress pictures on Happily Ever After.

What I’m Reading

As I may have eluded to in my intro, my brain needs a break. I think that is why I have had a hard time making progress on some of my books. You may have noticed a few books on my Goodreads shelf have been there for a lot longer than usual. Therefore, I decided to take my focus away from the “heavy” books, and spend some time in a cozy mystery or two. So right now I am happily making my way through Murder by Mocha, the 10th book in the Coffeehouse Mystery series by Cleo Coyle. Don’t get me wrong, just because these are “cozy” books, does not mean they are not good. Claire Cossi is a fun and dynamic character and I enjoy spending time in her life. If you like, check out my review of Book 9: Roast Mortem.

What I’m Watching

Right now I am making my way through my regular Christmas time entertainment. For simplicity, I thought I’d just give you the list of movies I watch during the holidays.

1. Last Holiday
2. The Holiday
3. Rise of the Guardians
4. Love Actually
5. Harry Potter Years 1-7
6. Doctor Who – All Christmas Specials

Hubby has his own favorites, so we usually have a big variety going during the weeks leading up to and including Christmas week.

Weekly Highlights

The Highlight of this past week is that it is ending with Christmas Eve. So I wish you all a very Blessed and Merry Christmas and thank you for taking the time to read my post.

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