Christmas Eve on New Year’s Day

We FINALLY celebrated Christmas with the family New Year’s Day. I was completely over Christmas by that time, but we still had a good time, and of course, plenty of food.

Many years ago we stopped buy gifts for each other and started doing ‘Dirty Santa’ gift exchange. You know, numbers are drawn on who picks first and then the next person can either steal that gift or pick a new one. The gifts ‘freezes’ and can’t be stolen anymore after the third set of hands touches it. Then, whoever was first gets the final choice. We’ve had themes over the years: CDs, a pound of Christmas (your gift had to weigh one pound), gift cards, etc. I prefer to bring what you want with a $25 limit. I always try to bring something I would like to go home with. And sometimes I actually do!

Since I’ve been in such a quilting/sewing obsession lately I made and brought this Valentine’s runner.


It was a hit and my sister-in-law ended up with it. I think I’m going to have to make my mom one too.

I came home with these little recipe cards tucked in the pocket of…

this very cute apron made by my mom!
It’s exactly what I wanted!
Afterall, I was with her when she bought the fabric!

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