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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

2017 Online Advent Calendar

Welcome to day 6 of the 2017 Online Advent Calendar hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Before I talk about Christmas, I want to wish these two ladies very Happy Birthdays!  Yes, my sister and my new niece share a birthdayIt was very nice of my nephew to find someone that shares a birthday with his mother - two very special St. Nicholas Day gifts.

 And speaking of St. Nicholas here's an Americanized version of him:
Christmas Presence charted by Heaven and Earth Designs
Jo asked us to share how we celebrate Boxing Day in our family.  Here in the US, Boxing Day tends to fall into category two of Jo's 21st Century Boxing Day traditions which is "going mad in the Boxing Day sales or being forced to work to serve those mad people".  What I do on Boxing Day depends on where I am.  If I'm visiting my family, we tend to hit the after Christmas sales and then just relax and enjoy being together  That is changing a bit as my niece and nephew have both married and have homes of their own, but they do visit often.  If it is just The Hubs and me here in Virginia, there's a better than even chance that I'm working unless Boxing Day falls on a weekend.  No, I'm not one of those forced to serve the mad shoppers, but Christmas Day is the official holiday, so the office is back open bright and early on the 26th (Sounds like something Scrooge said to Bob Cratchit). Fortunately, we have had enough people that don't mind working the week of Christmas that most of us have been able to take time off.  I will be taking the week after Christmas off, so I will be doing a stitcher's Boxing Day which consists of stitching while working out a plan of attack on my stash and/or WIPs for the coming year.  That doesn't mean that I won't go out to torture the poor folks that have to work retail at some point that day.  







15 comments:

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Birthday to your sister and niece! I am sure that your nephew will now be arranging for all his children to have the same birthday so he only has one date to remember! And a big party every year LOL

Thanks for taking part in the Advent Calendar Blog Hop. Stitching on Boxing Day sounds perfect to me.
We have extended our Return Policy for the whole of January so I have been saying to people "if it's not right, bring it back, you have all of January so please don't rush in on Boxing Day!"

jocondine said...

Hi! It's 10am here in France and it's times for a cup of tea and a visit to Jo's Advent Calendar, nice stitching, lovely Santa! Joyeuses fêtes de Noël ! xxx

Anonymous said...

Hello
I'm visiting with the Advent blog hop.
Your Santa is lovely.
Happy birthday to your sister and niece.
Your 26th December plans sound just perfect.

Justine said...

Happy birthday to your sister and niece! I like the sound of your Boxing Day plans.

Katie said...

I'm visiting with the blog hop. I love the HAED Santa. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tradition. Hope you have a great boxing day this year.

Robin in Virginia said...

Happy birthday greetings to your niece and your sister! I am glad you are able to have the week after Christmas off, Susan. I know I will be stitching on Boxing Day and also starting to think about Christmas gifts for the coming year.

rosey175 said...

Hi, I'm visiting from the blog hop~ :D You're brave for doing a HaED piece but Santa is looking great! Your Boxing Day plans sound great and Happy double Birthday to your sister and niece. :)

DJ said...

Happy Birthday to those two lovely ladies! Your Nephew is a very lucky man! I adore your stitched piece, it's picture perfect! I will probably join you on Boxing Day, we can have a virtual "Stitch in"! My guys will be back to work on that day, and I'll have the place to myself...so let the stitching commence! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Astrids dragon said...

Happy Birthday to the ladies, how sweet to share the day.
I'm glad you'll be off this year to celebrate with stitching!
Happy Christmas, Susan!

Christine said...

The Santa piece is gorgeous. A stitching Boxing Day sounds perfect

Elfie said...

Your Santa pic is gorgeous.

Leonore Winterer said...

How convenient for your nephew to have the two most important birthdays to remember on the same day! A stitcher's boxing day sounds lovely, I'm looking forward to hearing about your new plans.

Brigitte said...

Lovely blog hop post with a great HAED Santa. The more Santas I see the more I want to start stitching one right now, lol.

Lesley said...

I always love to see HAED Santas,yours is no exception.
Happy Birthday to your sister and your niece and Merry Christmas to you.

Anna van Schurman said...

Sorry to be visiting so late, but the Christmas crush was crazy. My aunt's birthday is on December 27 so I understand the specialness of having a December birthday. So good of you to focus on them!