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Remembering Yuletide Traditions

Homemade gifts and decorations sewn with care, making once again delicious treasured family recipes, and the gathering of family and friends inspires out most lasting memories. Twinkling lights, welcoming door wreaths, stocking hung over the mantel or placed carefully on window ledges, are all some of the wonderful sights of the season of joy, peace, and hope.

Decorations of holly and ivy, festive ribbons and tiny lights surround the time of winter solstice, the beginning of winter for the northern hemisphere, when the sun is lowest in the sky and the shortest amount of hours of daylight occurs.

Of course, a grant array of festive tree decorations whether made of jewel-encrusted blown glass or lovingly hand or machine sewn bits of fabric, lace, and buttons, with hanging golden tassels, crinkly taffeta bows or velvet ribbons give an opulent radiance to even the tiniest and humble of holiday trees. Times past has shown holiday pine trees adorned with strings of popped corn and cranberries, circles of colored paper garland, candy canes and red velvet wrapped sticks of cinnamon. Tree trims luxuriously elegant and sparkling or wistfully simple and rustic all bring smiles to Yuletide guests.

Handmade holiday decorations borrowed from times past offer an old-fashioned appeal. Colonial crafting traditions involved making use of thrifty fabric scraps, old clothing, and even worn-out blankets to make holiday toys, appliqued ornaments, quilt blocks and decorative garlands.

Knowing the happiness that a homemade gift can bring is just as joyful as receiving and often the most memorable. Holiday times are the busiest of times, however from the sewing basket can come an array of quick, last-minute gifts. A chef’s apron, simple stenciled napkins and easy to stitch up market totes are a few kitchen inspired gifts to make. Envelope-style throw pillow covers in a seasonal print for the living room, and charming lace edge pillow shams or bolster pillows for the bedroom are a few home décor ideas that sew up in a jiffy.

May this holiday season be filled with good food, warmth, and hope for the future.

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