I hope this finds you hearty and healthy!
We did it. We finally got our tree up!
So it is starting to feel a lot like Christmas!
I have also been busy buying things to put into the Christmas Giveaway (link on my sidebar...go and comment! I promise it will be a doozie!) and I gave myself two days off to do Christmassy things and ended up designing three new charts, all featuring Holmsey hare and Fergus the deer! I don't think I have quite got the idea of the days-off!
This will be my last post pre-Christmas. I haven't finished my Victorian Christmas sampler but will do over the next few days. However I am not going to keep you waiting until I have finished for you to have the last piece. The other sections will be kept on the blog; the tab is on the top of the home page of my blog and you can just click it to download the sections.
This week features a cracker with Father Christmas on. Santa, despite what the bit corporate businesses tell you, was not invented by a certain soft drinks company. Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, a gift bringer. You can see Father Christmas's full history here. Like many of our Christmas traditions, there are combinations of pagan and Christianity in St Nick as we know him now; he is sometimes shown wearing green, and of course we now see him in red.
Christmas Crackers were developed by Tom Smith in 1837 and were based on how his bonbon sweets were wrapped in paper and then, when he heard the logs crackling in his fire, he decided to add the bang!
So here we have Santa and a Cracker...enjoy!
Have a wonderful, peaceful and joyous Christmas. Keep safe and well and see you all again soon.