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Here Come the Holidays

November 28th, 2018

I don’t decorate for the holidays as much as I used to. We get so much snow that I quit putting the winter container by the front door. We cut a nice little wild tree in the woods, string one strand of large white lights, then add a few glass raindrop ornaments (more of that tomorrow when it’s a bit brighter and I can get photos). Two years ago, when my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and I was traveling back and forth to Ohio for one week each month, I tackled this embroidered advent pillow.
embroidered advent pillow
embroidered advent pillow
Now it’s one of the things I’m most happy to get out of storage for the season (which happened this weekend). Since I don’t do much else as far as decoration, it has a starring role in our holiday decor, which is just as it should be. My mom was always working on holiday crafts and loved doing handiwork projects. She watched me make this as we sat around her dining room table talking and telling stories. It’s a beautiful piece for more reasons than the needlework, this is a heirloom for me now.

Do you have any sentimental holiday decor?

4 Comments to “Here Come the Holidays”
  1. David Bentz on November 28, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Susy, when my wife was alive, she decorated the house and tree but since she’s been gone it’s just not the same. I usually pull out the tree and set it up but the touch she gave just isn’t there. Since my daughter and grandson don’t live with me any more, I’m not sure decorating will happen this year. I’m in the middle of replacing the kitchen floor and have chaos going on in the living room so there’s no space for a tree this year. I’ll just have to enjoy other people’s decorations this year. It’s the first year in a long time that I haven’t had people living with me. It sounds like it would be a sad thing but actually for me it’s not a sad thing. I am quite content with living alone with a simple life. That’s not to say that I get to spend all day at home. Family, friends, and neighbors seem to fill my life with activity every day. It’s the life I have allowed to happen and love every minute of it.

    Have a great day filled with the good memories of Christmas’s past.

    Nebraska Dave

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  2. Natalie on December 2, 2018 at 10:14 am

    That is so beautiful. Where did you find that ? Kit or pattern. I just love it

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    • Susy on December 3, 2018 at 9:35 am

      It was a fabric panel that was sold to cutting apart to make an advent wall hanging with pockets for gifts. I purchased it a few years ago.

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  3. Samantha Fisher on December 4, 2018 at 9:22 am

    The pillow looks so nice! I love reading your blog! I live in midwest, Illinois.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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