Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!

I’m getting all nostalgic with you and sharing my Christmas circa 1967.  I’d have been two.  This was what was in my Christmas stocking.


Notice my banana is even a little brown.  HA!!

The ball of tin foil is for sure a popcorn ball.  They were a tradition then…and still are with mine to this very day.  I make them for both Christmas and Thanksgiving.

I don’t really remember getting gifts in my stocking.  It was mostly fruit and nuts…and the popcorn ball…maybe a few pieces of candy.

It’s a low-key day here.  The families that live in town are all over to my house today.  We do something super simple.  We don’t do a huge fancy meal…although we have extra hams here, so we are having ham and the fixings.

I’m sure the day will include some naps (not for me.  I’m not a napper) and board games.

I want to extend a big thanks to the many of you who sent me a Christmas card.  It is so appreciated.  One of the kids was home and asked how I had such a big stack of Christmas cards.  I smiled and said blog readers have been sharing Christmas wishes.  They couldn’t believe it.  Thank you.

I know Christmas can be a time of so many different emotions.  Please know  I have a special place in my heart for people whose Christmas wasn’t the day they wished for.  For years and years…that was me.  Christmas was a sad time.  I’m happy to say that I’ve finally found a place of peace and I wish that for you.  Hang in there…

I’m taking the evening off and there won’t be a blog post.  Sorry.

If you have extra time to kill today or over the next bit of time, I did update the blog and added a page to document the quilts I made in 2015.  You can find them HERE.  I also did the quilts of 2016.  You can find them HERE.  I’ve started to work on the quilts of 2022…but am missing 2017 and 2018 so I hope to go back and do them as well.  It seems there is always something that needs doing!!

I had a blog reader ask me if I could go back and list all of the quilts that I’ve made.  The listing is mostly already there minus the years 2017, 2018, and now 2022.  You can find them anytime if you go to the tabs at the top of the page and click the one that says QUILTS.

With that, I’m off to cross-stitch.     I’ll be back Monday morning with a What I’m Working on post…Merry Christmas!!

25 thoughts on “Merry Christmas!!”

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jo!! Thank you for the joy and feelings of community that you share with all of us! I keep praying for your grandson, Gannon. He and his family have had such a struggle the last few weeks! I hope that you can share a progress note about him in your next post.

    Enjoy your family and special moments with each one tomorrow!!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and all the family. I am spending Christmas with my son and his family (4 grands). Mine is sad too as my husband died in Thanksgiving day. So things are different but I’ve watched and read your journey and that of many friends and mother and grandmothers and it’s a day by day thing. I can do it. Thank you for your inspiration.

  3. Cynthia from Nebraska

    Merry Christmas, Jo! Thanks for posting more quilts and pointing out where to find them (heading says QUILTING). What a nice Christmas present for your readers!

  4. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Jo! I love all you share with all of us. Enjoy your day with family . Blessings to you all. Hugs!

  5. Merry Christmas, Jo! It sounds like a perfect day for fun relaxation with family – always good times. So I guess you were born the year I graduated from high school! The picture of you is so cute! I never had a stocking growing up but if I had I’m sure it would have been filled much like yours. Enjoy your day!

  6. Merry Christmas Jo and all your family. My husband and I are by ourselves as the weather changed our plans to be with family. Enjoy your day!!

  7. Merry Christmas to you, Jo, and your whole family!! You fill a spot in so many lives, but glad you put family first!! Blessings to you now and in the coming year.

  8. When great grandmother passed there wasn’t anyone ready to take over the popcorn balls.she made so many and missing one of her recipients was a bit intimidating, I guess. She loved trying new things with them to keep things interesting.
    Love and blessings to you and your lovely family

  9. MERRY CHRISTMAS JO AND FAMILY!! I HOPE YOU’VE HAD A SPECIAL DAY WITH ALL THAT COULD BE THERE. I’M MISSING MY IOWA FAMILY, BUT HAS BEEN NICE BEING WITH DAUGHTER IN MAINE. HAS BEEN A SAD WEEKEND THOUGH-AS OLDEST OF MY “MAINE” KIDS, HE AND HIS WIFE LOST THEIR HOME TO A FIRE YESTERDAY– HE SUFFERED SOME BURNS, WIFE NOT INJURED-SMOKE INHALATION–BUT THEY ALSO LOST THEIR BELOVED DOG — HISTORIC HOME— I LIVED THERE 15 YEARS -SO EMOTIONAL FOR ME TOO.

    1. So sorry to hear about your Christmas Eve fire, the burns to one of your “Maine kids,” and loss of their beloved dog. It must be doubly hard to lose an historic house you had once lived in for so long as well. The weather in Maine looked to be cold and I know many in the state lost power, so those conditions must have also exacerbated the misery for all. I wish you and everyone a quick recovery and a much happier New Year 2023!

  10. Merry Christmas Jo! Thanks for the stocking memory, Even though I grew up in Arizona, my mom’s family lived in Indiana before moving west. We always had tangerines and nuts in our stockings, along with a few small santa gifts. I had forgotten about getting fruit and nuts. Its maybe a midwestern thing?

  11. I hope your Christmas was Merry! It was funny seeing the nuts from your stocking. I was just telling my son how my grandma always had a tray of assorted whole nuts – with a nutcracker – it seems like that was the thing back then.

  12. I just saw a heartwarming IG post about Gannon’s school class visiting him and singing a special song. I said I know that family!!!!!

    Happy holidays!!!

  13. Merry Christmas Jo, to you and your family. We had a few friends without power on Christmas eve and Christmas day, so our home became theirs. It was very low key, just ham and a few fixings. We did put a few puzzles together and watch some football.

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