Welcome to Day 14 of the Advent Blog Hop hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. Without further ado, may I open the door of the advent calendar and present my stitching...
There is a story behind this piece which makes it very special to me. I was away from the church for many years. When my children were born my faith was reborn and being a stitcher I wanted to make something special to show the true meaning of Christmas.
I found this chart in an old issue of Cross Stitcher and duly stitched all the figures on plastic canvas as recommended. The background was to be downloaded from the magazine website. Unfortunately, when I'd finished my figures I found to my horror that the background was no longer available (it was quite an old magazine). So I asked my Dad to paint one for me. He is the artistic one in our family. I think it came out pretty well.
It means all the more to me because my Dad is not in the least bit religious, but he put much love and care into painting this picture for our collaboration. I know it will be a family heirloom as my boys love it too.
Jo asked us for a story about Christmas food traditions. We are none of us very good or enthusiastic cooks so I have a funny story to share instead. When I was still living at home with my parents, I had a temporary job one Christmas in a bingo club. All the customers were given frozen turkeys as prizes in the run up to Christmas, and as there were some left over, the staff members were allowed to take one home each on Christmas Eve. Me and my friends had decided to go out for a drink after work that night, so we took our turkeys out with us. My mum was not pleased to be woken up at midnight by a drunken daughter and a part-defrosted 10lb turkey!
Thank you Jo for allowing me to join your blog hop. I'm finding new blogs and really enjoying seeing everyone's stitching. I hope you all have a happy, peaceful and meaningful Christmas.