A Pieceful Life

A Pieceful Life


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday’s ‘Musement

Christmas is coming! 

On the news a few days ago, somebody said ‘it’s only 14 months until Christmas next year.’

Oh, man, how am I ever going to be ready?!!?  That’s a little ‘tongue-in-cheek’, but it surely seems like Christmas is the main topic in media and a lot of every-day conversations earlier and earlier every year.

November 1, the Halloween candy bags are not even sorted, let alone eaten, and there’s some kid on TV wants me to get my Pot-o-gold chocolates for the ‘holidays’. 

(Just had to use this photo, as this is the box that I remember from my childhood – oops, did I just tell you how old I am?)

In fact, I guess, because US Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, they’re all preparing for that (same as we start preparing for Canadian Thanksgiving a few weeks ahead) which is the beginning of the holiday/Christmas season for them.  Okay, so fair enough, most of our TV comes from the US, and we get their advertising.  It just seems a shame to have that focus so much ahead of time.

Having said that, I do ‘shop’ for Christmas almost all year.  I’m not a shopper by nature, so when I’m out there, especially on our travels, if I see something that would be a perfect gift for somebody, I pick it up.  There’s a nice little stash of goodies usually by this time of year.  And the Christmas Craft fairs have begun, so we went to the first one on Saturday – they’re just too hard to resist, and we meet up with so many old friends at these events.


Also, I generally have a Christmas-related stitching project on the go, and that of course would have to start well ahead of time.  This year, my project started in August, after I completed a years-long cross-stitch project

And it’s ready – almost, just a little more tidy-up on the back – but we put it on the mantle to get a picture: 007

I’ll put ‘snow’ and some village pieces on top.  I’m really pleased with how this turned out.  Here are a couple of close-ups, so you can see the embellishments:

Mantel close-up3Mantel close-up 1

Mantel close-up2

Sorry, but the beading doesn’t sparkle in the pics the way it actually does.  No matter, I’m very happy with it!

Happy Christmas season, no matter how early it starts!   Blessings, Peg


  1. I just love that cross stitch! All that work and it turned out beautifully.

    I no longer shop too early as when I do, I forget all about the gifts and find them way later when it's too late (like when I bought jammies for the grands and found them a year later - when they were then too small to be worn and too old to be returned).

  2. I remember the lady with the gloves too! And some of the chocolates were foil wrapped in different colours to make a rainbow.

    Your cross stitch is lovely, and looks so nice on your mantle. Very festive, even if it is too early. :-)

  3. It is that time of the year - the mixed holidays - but I love it all. I have a friend that fights against it - yells and stomps and therefore never gets the enjoyment she could. I say take what you want of the celebration - leave the rest out there where it won't bother you - and have a good time. I think shopping all year is a good idea - but I only do a little of that, mostly because when we are out traveling I'm concentrating on taking photos. LOL . Love your pretty mantel piece - so much lovely work.

  4. We are paring down Christmas this year. After all, what do we really need? Your cross stitch is simply gorgeous. So much work!

  5. I love Christmas but I don't do my shopping all year and the thought of all that I have to do overwhelms me and I do nothing ... your cross stitch piece is lovely! Almost makes me want to make one.

  6. Yes we are having our 'family' Christmas this weekend...as we are heading south soon...it will be our first Christmas down south:)