Christmas stockings and pillows are heaped up in every corner of the studio with trims and tassels trailing behind me down the hallway. Fun Christmas memories keep me working at warp speed getting ready for Christmas shows and seasonal shipments out to my retailers. It’s seven weeks until Christmas and I’ve always loved the “getting ready”…
Unlike my brothers and sisters, I never learned to be a proper Christmas elf. I was the youngest and always too little to do anything except polish shoes. In European tradition, every December 6th, Saint Nicholas filled our polished shoes with candy. A lot of pressure for a little kid…a lousy job would have resulted in Black Peter (St. Nick’s helper) filling our shoes with coal.
Growing up, my memories of Christmas preparations started with my sister Kay secretly stitching fabric scraps for Barbie clothes while my eldest sister Em stood guard in the kitchen over sheets of cooling peanut brittle. My brother hiked into the bush with an axe and scouted out our Christmas tree and cedar boughs for the wreaths that Mom would make. My eldest brother, hunched over a wobbly table with an old, dented, goose neck lamp and recessitated clocks, watches and radios he’d collected during the year. Left over pieces, and there were always a few, joined the other dead and missing mechanical parts in a box under his bed with which he was always creating something new. He was a steampunker way ahead of his time.
At night I listened for sawing and hammering from Dad’s shop. I desperately tried peeking through the keyhole hoping to preview doll beds and skateboards drying on the bench.
Ahhh… I can almost smell Mom’s almond, crescent shaped cookies…
Enter this week’s pillow giveaway … What do you remember about getting ready for Christmas?
Up to 3 entries to have your name in this week’s draw for a decorative throw pillow or a Christmas stocking (up to $40 value) in my Etsy store. Winner will be by random draw, next Friday evening November 12. Canada and US shipping included.
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Let me be the first to wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a truly Merry Christmas.