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Thursday, December 24, 2009


Recipe for Christmas All Year Long

Take a heap of child-like wonder
That opens up our eyes
To the unexpected gifts in life—
Each day a sweet surprise.

Mix in fond appreciation
For the people whom we know;
Like festive Christmas candles,
Each one has a special glow.

Add some giggles and some laughter,
A dash of Christmas food,
(Amazing how a piece of pie
Improves our attitude!)

Stir it all with human kindness;
Wrap it up in love and peace,
Decorate with optimism, and
Our joy will never cease.

If we use this healthy recipe,
We know we will remember
To be in the Christmas spirit,
Even when it's not December.

May the wonder of Christmas fill your heart and bring you peace. Thank you for sharing your talents with me this year, you are all an inspiration to me. I have loved visiting your blogs and have enjoyed your friendships. May we all have a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year in 2010. I hope Santa treats you well this year and brings you everything you wished for and them some. God Bless you and yours this Holiday Season.

Please leave me a comment and let me know one of the items on your wish list that you would like to stitch in the year 2010. I will be granting a wish on December 26th to one of my blogging friends. You can leave your wishes on this post until midnight Christmas Day. Good luck!


test said...

Jolene, I hope you and your family have a very wonderful Christmas!

Andrea said...

Merry Christmas Jolene! I have to admit, I've struggled this year, a lot....just having a hard time with several things in my life. But remembering the "reason behind the season" as they say, has helped me some.
If I had one wish on something new for the stash, it would have to be Paradise Lost from Plum Street Samplers.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas my dear...

Michele said...

Jolene, I hope you and your family have a very wonderful Christmas!

Berit said...

Dear Jolene, what a fun and kind idea for a giveaway!!

I would like to stitch either The Sweetheart Tree's "Think Snow" or Bent Creek's "Red Bird Sampler" if I were lucky enough to win this giveaway! :D What fun! I know you said to pick one from our wishlist, but if I DID actually luck out and win I'd still want a teensy bit of a surprise; also it makes it easier for you if you can't find one then there's another choice!

Best wishes for you and yours in the new year. Are you also planing to treat yourself to something nice for a new year stitch?

Nic said...

Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing over the past year, I'm so glad I found your blog.

I think my choice from my wishlist would be "The Riddle" by The Drawn thread. I love the design, but I also love the sentiment and think it's something appropriate for this time of year!

valerie said...

Merry Christmas Jolene! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day.

What a wonderful idea for a giveaway! I think my wish would be Victoria Samplers Christmas Village. *hugs*

Jane said...

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Jolene. Thanks so much for visiting my blog this year and your lovely comments.

I would wish to stitch next year With Thy Needle & Thread's new chart Merry & Bright.

Enjoy your Christmas Day!

Catherine said...

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

I would have to say I would love to have Paradise Lost to stitch this year!

Have a wonderful day!

blackcat said...

Merry Christmas and a blessed start of the new year. That's my wish to you and each one reading this blog. Loving wishes all the way from Belgium.
I've got lots on my wish-to-stitch kist, but my top favourite is Beloved sal by A stitcher's Hands. I've already got the fabric and silk but no pattern yet. Oh well, some day!
Have a wonderful day!

Jackie said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family! The year has flown by so fast!

I'd like to start Plymouth Sampler this year by Brenda Keyes. I love her stuff!

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Jolene,
I hope you a your family have a wonderful holiday. I would love to stitch Jenny Beans xmas sampler. Pat

FayeRaye said...

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!!! Faye

Anne said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Jolene. I've been lurking for quite a while, and thoroughly enjoying your blog. My top wish list items are Victoria Sampler The Twelve Days or Carol Singers Sampler.

Myra said...

Merry Christmas to you! My stitch wish would be Delivering Christmas by Homespun Elegance. Such a cute little stitch.

Peg said...

Merry Christmas! Like one of the other comments no matter how rough/tough a year some of us have had remembering the reason for the season helps us to forget for a little while our troubles. I think my most wished for piece this year is Paradise Lost by Plum Street samplers.

Hope your family has the happiest of holiday seasons.

Cari said...


You have such a generous heart, how kind of you to have a Christmas giveaway. I have a wonderful stash of charts but I rarely ever pick up any fabric. Fabric of any size, count, or color would be treat.

I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas together.

SugarandSpice said...

Merry Christmas Jolene. Aryanna loved the ornament. I love you and your pretzel stuff was too delicious. Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!

Anonymous said...

merry Christmas
Have to say, I want to stitch LH the Library for my niece graduating from libary school in May

Sharlotte said...

Merry Christmas dear friend! I hope you and your family are having a great one! I would like to start the Liberty Tin this coming year from The Stitching Parlor. Bought the heart tin from Mrs. Field's , just haven't gotten the pattern.

Margaret said...

Oh Jolene, you are amazing! What a generous soul you are! I think Feather Your Nest by Country Stitches/ With Thy Needle & Thread would be on my wish list. I hope you are having a wonderful, glorious, Christmas! Thank you for being such a great blogging friend!

Anonymous said...

I have really enjoyed your blog this year. My pick for 2010 would be with thy Needle "love letter". Happy Holidays from Angela

Kellie said...

Just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope your new year is filled with happiness. I have really enjoyed getting to know you and becoming friends through blogging this year. Hope you day is merry and bright. :)

Teresa S. said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! I am looking forward to next Christmas already (I received Plum Street's Paradise Lost in my stocking this year!)and am hoping to stitch Mary Ann Hutton 1801 A Christmas Sampler (Scarlet Letter) for next year! Have a Blessed New Year!

Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas, thank you for your sweet comments this week. It's been a rough one.
I love reading your blog.
This year I'm going to try and complete a Dutch sampler and I am contemplating Double Dutch by Sampler Cove. The colors are stunning and the design is beautiful!

Feathers in the Nest

Carolyn NC said...

Merry Christmas, Jolene!

Pumpkin said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours Jolene!

I'm not sure if I can still qualify or not but to be honest, I have everything I want to stitch so that doesn't even help you if I did ;o) ROFL!

I'm glad that we have come to know each other through our Blogs and I look forward to another year of reading yours :o)

Carol said...

You have already granted my wish with your beautiful gift of "Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow" back in October, Jolene. I will take great pleasure in stitching that in 2010. And thank you again for your generosity!

May your New Year be joyful :)

Riet said...

Hello Jolene, I have hope you had a nice and cosy christmas.
My wish for next year is The Bookshelf from LHN.
Regards from Riet