Darlings, it's taken some restraint not to mention Christmas until now, but the excitement has been bubbling away in me since the end of September. Christmas seems to divide people into two camps - those who prefer to pretend it's not happening until the last minute and are given to scurrying around on the eve before Christmas frantically collecting nuts, and those whose cheek pouches are already full by the time November is upon us and savour as long run-up as possible to pole-vaulting over the Christmas tree. I'm the latter sort of creature, but it wasn't always this way - my husband has gradually infected me with his zeal for the season and I think I have now surpassed even his enthusiasm (when he hears me discussing Christmas with the children in September he is aghast at the yuletide monster he has created).
I love the feeling of family drawing in and coming together; the potential for snow (and the building of igloos); the licence to bake almost constantly; the creating of new traditions on old; the making of Christmassy crafts; the wearing of layers; the decorating of the tree; the lack of justification needed for having the heating turned up high; that my sister comes home for nearly two whole weeks; that every year my husband creates a two hour long Christmas quiz which is held at my parents' house and which causes the most enjoyable kind of bickering and bad feeling (enjoyable because I love high levels of competition over inconsequential things); that my husband and I were married just after Christmas several years ago. And I do love the presents.
Which is why I can think of nothing nicer than being given permission to share Christmas fabric with you. Dorte from Dragonfly fabrics has rustled up the most beautiful bundles which completely stoke the Christmas furnace which burns happily and slightly uncontrollably in my heart. The moment I saw them they reminded me of the fabrics I used in the advent calendar I made for my parents a few years ago.
To me these bundles are perfection - they manage to be thoroughly celebratory of the season without the need for snowmen to be prancing across them. Dorte's fabrics have ducks on them, which feels entirely Christmassy and wonderful! (and while they're not included in any of the bundles, I've noticed she also has hens, which makes me instantly think of the three French hens and the partridge in the pear tree).
If you'd like to win a bundle of your choice from Dragonfly fabrics just leave me a comment imparting me with a little of your own Christmas loveliness: a memory from childhood; one of your own family's traditions; how soon you put the tree up; what you might be making as a gift or decoration; or even what you really don't like about Christmas (really, you can! Don't worry about popping my balloon. It's already been attempted with a large fork and has been found to be totally unpoppable...it just sags a little sadly).
Ps. The giveaway is open internationally, although Dragonfly are based in England.
Pps. In the meantime, if you need fabric right now then bundles are here, if you're looking for yardage you can find many of the prints here. And if red and white is too overtly Christmassy for you, I adore these blue and white forest prints from Westfalenstoffe.