Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A giveaway: Christmas fabric bundles

 
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).
 
 
 

Anyway, I can think of about a hundred different things that one could do with these fabrics (other than making an Advent calendar on December 1st, as I did). There's the ubiquitous fabric Christmas wreath, bunting, napkins, place mats, ornaments. It is good for so many things (although, amusingly, Dorte's husband tells me it is not good for making gifts for men. He clearly hasn't seen the delightful Kwik Sew envelope in this post, so don't let yourself be limited!)


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).

Florence x

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.

126 comments:

  1. Those fabrics are gorgeous. Christmas for us is not really allowed to be mentioned until 30th November, as two of our three daughters have November birthdays. The trouble is it is exactly 3 weeks to go so every year I am behind and scrabble to the finishing post, but we always get out the advent quilt my mum made for the girls when they were little. No presents or anything on this, you search for the toy of the day in the fabric. Simple. Really I like christmas to be just December, it is too stressful otherwise and spouils the specialness of it all.

    Those fabrics are GORGEOUS!

    Fiona aka KnitKnatKnotUK

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  2. Christmas all year round here. I have a confession to make. I never took down the Christmas tree from last year. Oooh naughty.

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    1. So that's how you've managed to be so prolific in the quilt department! Jane, I realise I'm making it impossible to use a random number generator by adding in my own comments, but really, that's outrageous! Did the birthday presents go under the tree too this year - I can imagine that would be something remembered for years to come! x

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  3. I love these fabrics! My biggest bugbear at Christmas is that everything suddenly gets horrendously cartoony and sometimes even ugly. These are perfect for a childless (for the moment!) house. I'm starting new traditions for myself, having been brought up in Britain, Germany and the Netherlands I have almost too many to choose from but I do like the freedom to adopt what I enjoy. Giving little presents on December 6th is definitely high on the list!

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  4. My favourite part of Christmas is going to church on Christmas morning. We're regular attendees at our local church anyway, it's that excitement of 'oooooh, it's Christmaaaaaas, we're going to church on a Tuesday morning!!!' that gets me!

    Wow, it will be a Tuesday morning this year too, how fortuitous.

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  5. My favourite family christmas custom is a bath and new PJ's to wear on Christmas Eve for Santa. It's such a small thing, but for us it was a sign the Christmas was about to be here.

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  6. I am mad for Christmas. This is our son's first Christmas and I have embarked on the beginning of a whole world of things I'd like to implement as traditions. My family are coming to stay and we're hosting our first ever Christmas (we're even moving into a new house 2 weeks before Christmas Day!) oh I do so love Christmas - I'm the Clarke Griswold of our family. I'd love some of this fabric to use in my Christmas crafting which will be seen for many years to come (I hope!)

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  7. What gorgeous fabrics! This will be our first Christmas since we started homeschooling our son, so I am looking forward to doing lots of Christmassy crafts and activities with him this year!

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  8. I lurve Christmas. Lots of lovely things, almost too many to mention. My boys are at a wonderful age now (11 & 9) where logic tells them Santa is doubtful but they believe in the magic of it all and never want to stop. I always read Harry Potter at this time in the build up and our most recent tradition (started 2years ago) is to nibble on a Terry's Chocolate Orange, many actually. I would like my boys, when grown up menfolk, to be transported back to their childhood on their first bite.
    I *need* that fabric!
    Ali xx

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  9. Oh my goodness I love Christmas - the dreariness of November is just unbearable. So we put our decorations up slowly here. First the Christmas Tree in the playroom which the children (7,5,4) decorate themselves. We did that on Sunday. I justify that by saying how can we start our Christmas crafts if we have nowhere to hang the results? Then after the tree, the other decorations and then we move to the kitchen (both rooms are at the back of the house where none of the neighbours can see!).

    It takes a couple of weeks to get everything up and by that point we have reached the first of December and our second tree can go up in the living room without shame ;-)

    This year I have the great excitement of finally having a decorated hall and bathroom (after 6 years!) and the joy of decorating new rooms!

    Oh and I LOVE these fabrics. I desperately want to make some advent sacks/stockings that I can hide around the house each day and these look just perfect. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Beautiful fabrics! This year I plan to use my Cameo and new embroidery machine to help me decorate my house for Christmas.

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  11. So many christmas traditions, especially when we were kids. We used to always get a new set of pjs and a party dress for christmas day.
    The christmas tree goes up after the lord mayor's show at my nan's (so never a real one) making her living room the best place to be in winter.
    Now that I'm grown up, married and living away from my family I'm embracing the traditions of my hubby's swedish side (it's all about christmas eve) and introducing a couple of our own, the main one being that christmas morning is the only morning of the year I'm awake and up first and bring the husband a cup of tea in bed while we open our stockings (which we both still get from his parents) :D

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  12. Lovely fabrics. I still have a cardboard and glitter star from my childhood, probably made by the boy scouts in the 1940s! It has lost some of its colour, but still goes on the tree every year. I always put the paper and doily angel which my daughter made when she was three at nursery school on the top of the tree. The other ornaments are newer and more glossy but these have special memories for me and come out every year with love.

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  13. I like Christmas, but only in small doses. It seems that retailers replace their back-to- school stock with Christmas items and that is far too early for me. When December arrives then it is time for mulled wine, roast chestnuts and Christmas cake.

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  14. Hello! This is my first post after finding your lovely blog just a few weeks ago.

    I was coveting these fabrics at Dragonfly only last night! They really are beautiful.

    Ever since buying some tiny baubles in China a few years ago, my husband and I collect Christmas tree decorations whenever we go on holiday (sometimes quite tricky in the middle of the summer!) so our tree is not only colourful and eclectic, but reminds us of each of our trips over the years. I love Christmas traditions!

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  15. Oh they're just GORGEOUS! I love Dragonfly :)

    My family has quite a few traditions at Christmas but my favourite is a nice warm bath on Christmas eve and slipping into a new pair of PJs in front of n open fire. The PJs are not normally xmas themed but this tradition has gone on for years. On the first xmas I didn't spend with my parents, my mum posted 2 pairs of PJs, one for me and one for hubby. He gets a pair every year now!

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  16. What a lovely giveaway - thank you. I'd love to have them to make Christmassy things with my children. This is one of my favourite childhood memories of Christmas and although we probably bickered a lot (actually, all the time) I can't remember anything except the fun and happiness.

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  17. Oh Florence I love Christmas too! It gives me an excuse to sew and bake and bake and sew. I get out all my Christmas recipes that I keep in a special folder. My daughter, who has grown up with her Grandma's and my love of all things Chrismasy, loves to join in too. Even though my Mum is no longer with us, the fact that my sweet girl is here to carry on the traditions, makes it a very happy family time.

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  18. its the new PJ's the kids have so they are looking their best for santa!
    i so need those fabrics! my sister-in-law asked me if she could have some patchwork cushion covers for christmas, in a red. just how perfect would these fabrics be!!!!!! fingers totally crossed!

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  19. My daughter's b'day is Dec 6, so we wait until that is over before we put up the tree. Better yet, my sister's bubba (my first niece or nephew) is due December 23- so this fabric may be the baby's first Christmas quilt!

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  20. Lovely giveaway!!!
    Well, the standard tradition is eating a lot of sweets, a lot of food...A lot of great cooking going on. Eating and morning drinking/dancing/getting drunk at 31st of December is very typical in my city! Music in every corner of the center, mostly traditional music...And I will definetely do the same thing this year.

    Great collection of fabrics!!!

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  21. Those fabrics are beautiful!!

    On Christmas every year I go home to my parents for the holiday period and on Christmas day, all the family heads down to my aunt's for an insane amount of food and great company! :)

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  22. Such beautiful fabrics and such a wonderful giveaway, count me in please :)

    I have now lost both parents but still like to find some mini Cadbury's bars of chocolate under the tree, even if put there by me!

    Bee happy x

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  23. The fabrics are beautiful and I'm always happy to find a new site to purchase fabric! I have been quiltmaking for several months for Christmas gifts for children and grandchildren and will do jelly making and candy making for all when they visit. The gathering visit is my favorite part of the holidays. I am starting to decorate the house a bit early but very excited about Christmas this year as I have a new great-grandaughter and a new grandaughter!

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  24. What wonderful fabrics they are! Our Christmas starts on 1st December when everyone helps to put the tree up. Then as time permits the rest of the decorations follow. Father Christmas leaves everyone a small handmade gift next to their plate on the dining table. However I have heard that he is struggling for inspiration this year so all suggestions will be gratefully received!

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  25. I love Christmas! It's such a cozy time of year. Even though I love Thanksgiving, I always look forward to putting up my Christmas decorations on the next day. I hope that my daughter also learns to love our Christmas traditions as much as I do.

    These fabrics are just beautiful, and they would be perfect for making something special for my little girl!
    ~Natalie

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  26. Ah, Christmas.......around about now I start to realise I've left it too late AGAIN to make a Christmas advent calendar, and feel thoroughly disappointed with myself, grrrrr. If I win one of these bundles I may just make it before 1st December.
    But for me, planning starts mid September after my sons birthday, Christmas Cakes are made mid November (all done, Yay!!!) this is when I begin to feel all 'Christmassy'. We go and buy our tree and put up the decorations the weekend after my birthday at the beginning of December and I start baking prolifically (because you've just got to bake at Christmastime) with one of those cheesy Christmas CD's on in the background - Can't wait!!!! Phew!

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  27. What a fantastic giveaway. I too love Christmas, although we are rather late putting up the tree - normally only the week before as my brothers birthday is the 15th so growing up he always used to have a few days of birthday cards before Christmas took over!!!! I always love bringing out all the decorations from the loft, some we've had for years, and some that were only made last year by the Littlies. As to making things, I've just started on a quilt for my in-laws and I'm thinking of some little fold-over bags for my friends (I love the one on the Village Haberdashery blog from a little while ago). But first I need to make the Christmas Cake....the fruit's been soaking in brandy for a few days now and is very drunk by now!!!!

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  28. Oh what delicious fabrics! They are just what I need. This Christmas we are going to South America to stay with my mother-in-law, so I have been looking for some Christmas fabrics so that I can indulge in a little EPP. (No sewing machine for nearly a month!) I am going to make a little mat to go on the table to put the mince pies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Hopefully it will come out every year. My daughter is now 3 so knows all about Christmas, and it will be my son's first Christmas, I can't wait!

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  29. Those are beautiful! I adore everything about Christmas...making new ornaments to add to the old ones each year, baking cookies, making Christmas dresses for the girls, etc.

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  30. Oh my - it would have to be the linen & cotton bundle. Our start to the season is joining our neighbours in decorating our homes. One supplies mulled wine, another mince pies whilst we light and decorate our homes in unison. A very sociable way to commence the festivities. x

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  31. Gorgeous fabrics! I've got a tiny bit of the red ducks and love it!
    When I was growing up my brother and I weren't allowed to mention Christmas until the end of November. Talking about the Nativity play was okay, talking about presents and Father Christmas was most certainly not! My mam used to buy a box of miniature bars of Dairy Milk (I haven't seen them in years, wonder if you can still get them?) and we got one each day when we opened out Advent calendars. I miss having an Advent calendar, I may have to get myself one!

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  32. I have only just discovered your blog.
    This is a great giveaway.
    I have enjoyed reading all the comments.
    I love Christmas. It truly is a the most wonderful time of the year. I live carols and even listen to them in August.

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  33. A great giveaway! Our family tradition is to wait until after Christmas lunch before opening our presents. We light a real fire and the children just open their stockings and play with the contents until after the feast. Then we go for a walk in the park while the dinner cooks. Now I am a grandma and am really pleased to see my three children continue the tradition with their families (all of whose partners put up a fair bit of resistance!) It makes it all much more relaxed for everyone - but especially the cooks. Have a lovely Christmas - I love your blog!

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  34. I adore Christmas and I'm so pleased to have my own children now, to make Christmas memories for them. I start getting excited about it soon after the summer holidays end. During the Christmas holidays my sister (who is seven years my junior) would move into my bedroom for the duration of the festive season, and we'd share the sofa-bed in my room. That way we could enjoy the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning with each other. I like an eclectic tree - with a riotous clash of colours and decorations (although not much tinsel). The decorations my children have made each year at nursery go on the tree each year, as well as all the lovely Gisela Graham ones I've collected over the years. I also have some German glass baubles which have been in the family for three generations (my grandmother was German), and our wooden nutcracker, also from Germany takes pride of place on the mantlepiece. The girls are always excited to see him :)

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  35. I loved our Pifco Cinderella's carriage fairy lights for the tree. There was something so magical about them - beautiful, large and jewel coloured. Even the smell of the box, having been stored in the loft all year, instantly brought the excitement of Christmas. I now have happily inherited the set of lights and seeing them lit up still makes me feel five years old again. I love the fact that my two little ones get as much pleasure from them as I did as a child. (N.B: Am I odd for STILL loving the smell of Christmas decorations?!)

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  36. What a lovely giveaway. And what a lovely post to get me in the mood. I am always so busy this time of year that I forget all the simple stuff. So thank you for the reminder. I think I might be inclined to sew an advent calendar for the children. Something that slows me down and makes me ditch the less important things on the list! My mum was always busy when I was little too so Christmas was a great time to have her all to myself!! :-)

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  37. Great Giveaway¡¡¡¡ I love Christmas, I would waited until the second week of december to put the tree and wait until January the sixth to get it down, since in Spain is a holiday day, The Epiphany.

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  38. I've been excited about christmas for ages! All the making and baking and stuff that goes on makes me very happy! As does the beautiful fabric in this giveaway:)

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  39. Hi Florence. Love your fabrics and ideas. I love Christmas so much. I am 28 years old now but I still wait for magic in these days. I was born in Russia and spent my childhood there. I loved winter holidays, playing snowballs, skying and sledding. Oh, here in Glasgow I miss snow. It is nice and beautiful here, but in different way.
    Last year I with my boys decorated Xmas tree with handmade decorations only. No usual decorations. Just wooden toys and handmade things. We'll repeat it this time.
    Just need some nice fabrics! :-)

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  40. When I was little we lived next door to a lovely older German family who always had an outdoor tree - and we would gather around it and sing songs on Christmas Eve. It was wondergul. Juliex

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  41. Dear Florence
    Please include me in your gorgeous fabric giveaway. I am going to attempt to make some Christmas bunting this year so am on the lookout for lots of lovely fabric.
    My favourite Christmas memory is of decorating the tree and finding all my favourite decorations each year. There were glass birds with swishy tails, a menagerie of silver cardboard animals and three little people, one each for my two sisters and me. The nice thing is that Mum still puts these people on the tree she has now, even though we are all grown up with our own families. When I see them, it still makes me smile.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  42. Hi I love looking at your ideas as a newbie to blogging. As the leaves turn, my excitement builds as Christmas is my favourite time of year. Memories of Christmas include scented candles and the fire lit (even if its not cold). Our family tradition is Mike Oldfield's Tubular bells playing as we put up the Christmas tree having chosen or made a new ornament each. I like to include handmade items in with everyones present - glasses cases, tissue packet covers, small bags of soap or whatever I see on an inspiring blog!

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  43. How lovely! My little family and I are far from our extended family now so rarely see them at Christmas. This has meant that we've worked hard to come up with our own traditions -- cutting our own tree, holding an open house for the neighbours on Christmas Eve, visiting a neighbourhood that goes all out on with lights and decorations on Christmas day. Although I wish we could also spend time with family, I do love it.

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  44. I love putting my mothers' ornaments on the tree with my children. We honour her memory and have beautiful decorations.

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  45. My Favourite childhood memory is the year my beloved Grandpa dressed his three grandchildren (all girls) as the three kings. He'd made us each a crown and cloak, and a lantern to carry, and we paraded into the lounge to a beautiful vintage style lampost(not sure why!) he'd made. Rosalyn

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  46. I love love love this fabric! Each year we have an advent tree (big branch from the garden has done the trick!) - each day we'll add a new decoration made by the children and a line from the Christmas story. We also have a traveling Mary and Joseph stop by one day in December - a box filled with a nativity scene, Christmas story books, recipes and games. We love Christmas!

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  47. Christmas brings back wonderful childhood memories for me. We did not have a lot of money growing up, but my parents always managed to have gifts under the tree for me and my sisters. My mother is a wonderful baker and always made tons of Christmas goodies. She still does, but has scaled back quite a bit since all of us are grown and have families of our own.

    This fabric is gorgeous, would so love to win :)

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  48. I love Christmas - probably start thinking about it in September, and am lucky enough to have married a man who feels the same way. We are always the first people to buy a tree at our local supplier, and we're not embarrassed at all!

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  49. When my 4 children were small we would always be busy making card and decoration and nearer the time we would have a production line going when making the mince pies. There would be a trip to Wentwood forest to choose a tree and chat to Santa. Sadly now they are all grown and moved away and I don't see my grandchildren as often as I would like to carry on the tradition. I do have one grandson near to me but now he is nearly 10 he is not as interested in making things any more. Too sad that all the computer games have taken over and it is difficult to grab their attention doing crafty things ;-(

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  50. I love christmas too. When I was little my Grandmother came over just before Christmas and stayed untill New Year. We live in Belgium and my Grandmother lived in Berlin. She always came by train with a lot of bags. One of these travelling bags were filled with food of which a big part of it was german candy.... ;o)
    Maren (hoemmelke.blogspot.com)

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  51. For us Christmas begins after my daughter, Bethany's birthday in late October, especially when the 'Coke' advert starts showing! We have many lovely traditions and memories, from Tree Day (Nov. 30th in readiness for the advent calendars beginning) to A Christmas Carol on Christmas eve (the one with Patrick Stewart as Scrooge of course!) This year my daughter, now 20, is still insisting on Tree Day being Nov.30th but as our son is at uni we keep telling her we should wait for him to come home. Unbeknownst to her and her younger brother, Sam has arranged to come home for the 30th as a surprise! I can,t wait to see their faces-I know there will be tears!!

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  52. I love Christmas, I (secretly) listen to Christmas music around Halloween. :)

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  53. super lovely fabrics!!!
    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)
    I love the advent calendar, too! so cute! :)

    In my childhood my beloved grandma used to make a big Xmas tree with all sorts of vintage decorations (still in her house, although she died 10 years ago): my favourite were some wooden little men/women. Some of them were musician, some other has tiny angel's wings... so lovely in their retro look! :)
    She used also some beautiful glass balls on the tree, but one night our cat jumped on the tree, put it on the floor and... crashed almost all the glass balls! ah, ah, stupid lovely cat!

    silviatriv [at] gmail.com

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  54. Gorgeous fabrics. My favourite Christmas memory is when I was 7 my mum, brother and I headed off in my brothers car (he was a lot older than me!) to visit relations the other side of the county. It was snowing and the car broke down on Christmas day outside a garage but the owner wouldn't help. Luckily a police car passed as my brother was walking for help and organised for our relations to come and tow us to their house which was a very old large country house where we had the most magical Christmas and had to stay the night.

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  55. Love this time of year. We put up our tree right after Thanksgiving. Love the fabrics and also love your stories on your blog.

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  56. Awww cutest of gorgeousness! Loveable fabrics! My favourite memory is the boys' faces and soft babble when they were little, they had their own tree and sometimes they were re-decorating it all afternoon all the while talking to themselves.

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Christmas is my favorite time of year! It's not just the Christmassiness of it all, it's also my birthday! So I don't really have any one particular memory, just a general slew of good feelings. My parents were always careful to separate out my birthday from Xmas and New Years (I came in between) and my mom loves to do tandem presents, and at some point during elementry school I claimed that whole week for myself. My favorite activities are making cookies, putting up the tree, and trying to convince my mother to make elaborate dinners with me. That said, I do get annoyed with the christmas creep.

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  58. Both my kids were born in December so its a whole month long party round here, which means I have to be ultra organised and usually get the ball rolling beginning of Nov. At the moment that great friend of busy mums, Amazon, are supplying carefully chosen present ready for the start of December and I have a list as long as my arm of things to do but I love it. I'm very much looking forward to falling asleep on the sofa Christmas Day afternoon with a belly full of yummy food and a heartful of love.

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  59. we open presents on Christmas Eve - and we always have a huge and colourful tree.

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  60. Ooooo I'm in love with all the red and white! Christmas is by far my favorite season and holiday. When I was little I used to cry and sulk when the decorations would have to come down. My fondest recent memory is from a few years ago--a German Christkindl market came to our city (Philadelphia). My family took the train downtown, and went shopping in the wintery twilight amongst all of these gently lit booths. We then walked around town, stopping for hot chocolate, and then finally a big Christmas meal before taking the train home. It's one of my favorite Christmases.

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  61. What lovely fabrics! Since I learned to knit this year, I'm making a lot of my Christmas presents. At my mom's house we usually put the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving or at the latest by the weekend.

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  62. What i love about christmas is going to putting on a christmas film on christmas eve, with the fire lit in my xmas pj's with the whole family!

    beth.x@msn.com

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  63. I have a collection of Swedish Tomte (santas) and I love decorating my mantle with them.

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  64. Love these bundles...ahh, red and white, so lovely! Every year we head out in the snow to chose and cut down our own tree on Christmas Eve. It's so lovely and very romantic.......

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  65. Hi Florence
    Please count me in...
    I've been collecting vintage baubles and kitsch tree ornaments this year to recreate my lovely Nana's tree I remember from the 1970s...a semi-bald silver tinsel number, with lametta and glass baubles of every hue!!

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  66. These fabrics are gorgeous!
    This is my first year as a sewer - I have always liked to by a new christmas decoration every year - but this year I am making them! Stars & hearts with bells and christmas bunting will hopefully adorn my house this year!
    xxx

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  67. OOh yes please.
    Every year i buy an extra 4 christmas tree baubles or the like. Why you ask, well it is one for each of our children so when they leave home (omg what an awful thought) they have their own collection of xmas tree decorations. I buy something different every year, they love seeing what i find. x

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  68. Over here I feel the urge to start decorating about September time - something to do with the lack of seasonal weather, I'm thinking. Not that my husband will let me: I get to finally decorate on Thursday (he said 'after Thanksgiving', which I am interpreting as 'after breakfast on Thanksgiving Day'...).

    My traditions have been a little messed about moving here: I usually have to fit in with in-laws' plans, as they know I won't be seeing my family. Still, the kids get an English Christmas dinner, even if it ends up being a day or so late. I do so miss the having a chance of snow, though.

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  69. Every year we go to cut down our Christmas tree, my husband and I joke about the first year we cut our own tree: he had a magnificent plan for tying the tree to our little car's roof and had me roll down the car windows so he could tie the tree down through the windows and out the other side. When we went to get in the car, we realized that he had tied the doors shut! Instead of retying the tree, we hopped in the car "Dukes of Hazzard" style and drove home. Although, I'm not sure "hopped" is the right word...he's 6'6" tall and I'm not as graceful as I hope to be, so it was probably more of a topple and kerplunk than a "hop". Good memories! :) Thanks for the chance to win such cute fabrics!

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  70. I love their Kitbuehel fabrics too, they are so wintery.

    I'm an organiser when it comes to Christmas, I bought the first present in June and finished my shopping and wrapped the presents last week! I just like to know it's all sorted rather than having the stress of running around buying anything last minute.

    Planning to make lots of decorations this year instead of using shop bought ones. Have made some felt tree decorations and Christmas Tree bunting so far...stockings are next on the list :-)

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  71. Christmas is my absolute favourite time of the year!

    My favourite Christmas thing is making the Christmas cake. When I was younger, making the cake was quite the event, me and my brothers would stand on chairs to reach the kitchen surface and would each stir the mixture 3 times (anticlockwise) and make a wish.

    The aroma of the cake cooking makes me happy, it's such a wonderful smell and reminds me that Christmas is on the way.

    I've already made the advent calendar and filled it for me and the boyfriend! I've resisted putting the tree up though. I'd love some of the fabrics to make some cute decorations :)

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  72. Stockings are my favourite part of Christmas. I love squirreling away little gifts and often start in the January sales!
    Chris x

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  73. I''m planning to make some scented cinnamon and orange pine cone firelighters this year to give as presents!

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  74. I love Christmas - especially deciding on what homemade goodies to make for presents. This year I'm leaning towards homemade toffee vodka, gingerbread men/women, and lavender mice. One of our family traditions is new pyjamas and a Christmassy film for Christmas Eve. I quite fancy the idea of making a Christmas Advent Quilt - might have left it a little bit too late for this year though!

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  75. Great fabric - thanks for the chance to win! Once when I was little I was searching around my grandmothers attic. I found a book titled "The Life and Times of Santa Clause". A beautiful story - have that book to this day. It's my favorite part of the holiday - getting out the book and remembering Gramma and my excitement when reading it.

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  76. My favourite part of Christmas growing up was how, although myself and my sister got 'too old' for an advent calendar, the dog never did! Every morning, he would wait near the table where his calendar was :0)

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  77. PJs opened on CHristmas Eve - that's a tradition we still do with my family now :)

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  78. we put up the tree thanksgiving weekend!

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  79. ooh lovely fabrics. We dont do Christmas until after daughter thirds birthday on December 12th and we finish before my birthday on January 6th! Our christmas tree decorations change as the kids make more stuff to add on to it but it will always have the fairy on the top with the ping pong head that i made when i was about 7 when the original head fell off!

    Nicky www.jumpingjuniper.co.uk

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  80. One of my childhood memories is that I was so excited that I forgot to put on my knickers one year, I didn't notice until later in the day when I went to the loo. Gorgeous fabric giveaway, heaps of thanks and crossed fingers too
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  81. Gorgeous fabrics! My own little tradition is that I love to look out the window very, very early on Christmas morning to see how many lights are on in bedrooms up and down the road. Just thinking of all the wonderful excitement that Christmas morning brings, all the cries of "has he been? has he been?" makes it so magical. RachelB

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  82. I love everything about Christmas! We love going for a walk on Christmas eve, after it's dark, and looking at all the over the top Christmas lights on houses, and the Christmas trees in people's windows! Love it! And love these fabrics too!

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  83. I love those fabrics! I have two sons under the age of two, and I would love to make them some quilted Christmas stockings, so that we can recreate the Christmasses of my childhood - my brother and sister and I used to wake up whilst it was still dark, and I remember the palpable excitement of feeling the stockings at the end of our beds stuffed with sweets, fruit and small presents. Thinking about it still makes my heart skip a beat. We used to take our stockings into Mum and Dad's bedroom "Mummy, Daddy, he's BEEN!" and open them sitting on their bed. Then we'd have to go back to our own beds until the sun came up, when we'd all creep slowly downstairs and peep into the living room. There was always a roaring fire in the grate, loads more presents under the tree and on the sofas, and some juice and croissants out for breakfast. I dearly hope I can create such magical Christmasses for my children! Making them some stockings would be a good start, I think!

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  84. Reading the Night before Christmas to my children on Christmas eve is a tradition that my Dad passed down to us from his parents, love love love the story.

    Love the fabric, fingers crossed I win some
    Sarah x

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  85. Oh! The sight of the bundles caused me to take a sharp breath! I Looooooove red for Christmas and absolutely adore the prints.
    We have annual argument in our house about lametta/no lametta. We used to have a silver/white tree and the lametta was sneaked on the tree by my husband. Last couple of years I have managed to change the tree to a red/wooden things, which pleases me to no end. Husband and son have been very decent allowing me to indulge my Scandinavian tastes.

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  86. I absolutely love cooking xmas dinner and eating it with our extended family. I'm excited as our little son will be eating xmas dinner for the first time this year. I'd love to win the fabric bundle to make a new table runner Christmas dinner! x

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  87. I just love these fabrics !Health warning !!! I would loose so much sleep if I owned some of them, sleeples nights full of ideas on how to use them.
    I love christmas and the last 11.5 years being a mother at christmas have been the best, my children are 11, 9, 3 and 1. This year my eldest daughter started secondary school and she still believes in father christmas and elves ! I find this so sweet and I hope no one bursts her bubble.
    Helen x

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  88. Those are lovely fabrics, and I thank them for opening it to international readers. This will be our first Christmas with our family complete -- our last child was born in July -- and I hope to make new Christmas stockings, at least for the children. Always love to read you, Florence!

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  89. Lovely Christmas bundles. A family tradition of ours is to sit down as a family on Christmas Eve and eat homemade pizzas made my by Dad. I'm not sure how it got started but I love it.

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  90. Gorgeous bundle! We have the tradition of all sleeping in the living room on Christmas Eve. All 5 of us! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  91. My Christmas shopping is all done and my tree goes up on 1st Dec if I can manage it. I think it is to do with teaching and planning the nativity play back in September. I love the feeling of things gradually building up, but I hate Christmas songs before 1st Dec, everything in its own time!
    I love these fabrics, last year I made my friend an apron and some slippers from the duck fabric and I have saved every scrap and off cut to use in appliqués and patch works because they are so lovely and precious. Just imagine what I could do with a whole bundle!?!

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  92. I'd so love to win the bundle of fabric. I'd like to try to make your fabric wreath - it looks gorgeous. This Christmas will be the first Christmas without my Mum so I know it will be an emotional time.

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  93. Every year I try to make my Christmas gifts and this year everyone is getting a cushion. Next year it won't be such a personalised gift as I am starting to stress now that I am up to finding fabric for the hardest people on my list!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  94. Ooh how lovely! I just love Christmas because we have our own little traditions that we follow. In the run up to it we have a Jesse tree which we put a Christian symbol onto each day after having a relevant bible reading. I love that it keeps my daughter grounded in the true meaning of Christmas. The we start Christmas day with pancakes, church and presents! I always make at least one of the presents for my daughter. It's generally a quiet home day! Love it!

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  95. OOooo, those bundles are gorgeous!! :)
    Thankyou most kindly for the chance to win one!

    I try to include handmade gifts each year for my brood. This year I am crocheting a huge round rug for my youngest. My eldest two are getting quilted bedside holders for books and ds's :)

    I'm keeping everything crossed :)

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  96. I just love these fabrics! I have a soft spot for red/white fabrics anyway. My one never fail tradition is to plant my amaryllis bulbs. No matter how late I am in getting them planted, they always bloom for me by Christmas Day, when I can use them for table decorations for dinner.

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  97. Our tree usually goes up this next weekend, right after Thanksgiving. I love, love the smells of Christmas--cinnamon, evergreens, oranges!

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  98. Your fabrics are SOOO nice! My favourite part of Christmas is definitely the food and since my family and I live in Penang,Malaysia (aka Foodie's Paradise), there is never any shortage of it! :)

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  99. Clare Wrigglesworth21 November 2012 06:52

    We are so excited about christmas in our house and i am currently making my little boys their very own personalised santa sacks for them to cherish forever :-)

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  100. This year is extra special as it is the first time after three years that our tree and decorations are not packed, either ready for a move or in the storage warehouse (we moved houses and countries three years in a row). I am so happy I get to decorate! thanks for the chance to win!

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  101. Beautiful fabrics!

    For the last few years, I have made an effort to make handmade gifts. Candies, ornaments, soaps, preserves, etc. Love the ritual of making things with my hands and sharing them with family and friends.

    Cheers!

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  102. My best friend - who is like a sister for me -and I brought up a christmas tradition when we were teenagers: first we decorate the tree at my parents house and then the one at her parents house. I love doing that together with her but it's getting harder to maintain this tradition as we get older. She already has two children and I am expecting my first baby right now, so maybe we have to find a new tradition in future ...

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  103. I was only thinking the other day that I would love to make an advent calender so your giveaway is perfectly timed!

    I always think back to my childhood christmases when my aunt would have a tree so tall that it would touch the ceiling, with beautiful, possibly even antique, metal tinsel and little clip on candle holders for real candles. It was really awe inspiring to me when I was little. I would really love to recreate that feeling of magic for my little boy, but I think we'd have to do without the candles - at his age (he's nearly 2) he'd probably set the house on fire!

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  104. These fabrics are gorgeous! Love the forest ones too :) I was never one for being enthusiastic about Christmas, at least not until I had my little boy a few years ago! He wasn't quite 9 months old for his first Christmas, so obviously had no idea what was going on, but I went out and bought a tree (hadn't done that for 4-5 years since I left home), tinsel everywhere I could find to put it, reindeer outfit for the baby etc :) We don't have many traditions of our own yet, as he's now only just old enough to maybe 'get' what is going on, but I'm hoping we will start making some in the next few years :)

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  105. A swim at Mollymook beach is our Christmas tradition - year after year! Thank you for your blog - it is inspiring.

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  106. We hang up 24 little stockings as our advent calendar for our two little boys and every night the "Elves" leave a little treat. Sometimes the "Elves" leave a note where to look if it is a large item. Sometimes the "Elves" have to get very creative at distractions in the morning as they might have been very sleepy and forgotten the night before.

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  107. Every year my mum and I would make peppermint bark for Christmas. Whilst she is no longer with us, I'm carrying the tradition on with my little boy :)

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  108. My favorite Christmas memory is everyone piling into the car with Dad on Christmas Eve, and driving around town looking at the lights on the decorated houses. Little did we know that this was the time Mom was wrapping our gifts back at home! Christmas magic! Thanks for the give away - I love the reds.

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  109. In my family we always have an advent candle and an advent calendar with pictures inside. That gets us feeling really Christmassy, and the excitement just gets bigger as the day approaches!
    I would love some of that beautiful fabric, and I love your description of different people at Christmas.

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  110. I would love to win this - I would definitely make an advent calendar, since that's a great memory from my childhood. My mom had one she had made from felt. My brother and I would argue about who would get to put the star on the top!!

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  111. Oh those fabrics are beautiful :) My very favorite part about Christmas is how on Chirstmas morning we all wake up and go slowly, eat some breakfast, drink some tea. Then while we are all sitting in the living room drinking tea and whatnot we read the Chirstmas story, then my mom starts handing us all our presents :) I love seeing people's reactions when they see what I got them :)

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  112. A few years ago we implemented a new tradition by having 'our family' Christmas the 2nd weekend in December. Reasons: I believe in children developing traditions at their own home and with our own children married, with spouses, and children there was just not enough time to spend quality time at so many places. I'm loving the change and we have an entire weekend for festivities!!
    Those bundles you have shown are amazing! I love red and white and would not have thought of pairing them with light brown/tan. Thanks not only for the chance to win but also for expanding my quilting colors.

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  113. Oh, what beautiful fabrics! ♥ I really love that advent calendar. One of my favorite Christmas memories is when my husband and I were newlyweds, had just graduated from college a year before and still lived in the college neighborhoods. When all the students left, around the middle of December...we were thrilled to find a live Christmas tree with tinsle on it that had been thrown out...we dragged it to our home and I cut out paper snowflakes to decorate.

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  114. I love, love, love Christmas (or Crimbo as its known in our house). My favorite tradition is opening a gift on Christmas Eve, that always built the anticipation up to feverish heights when I was a kid, a promise of all the fun and sparkly things to come. One of my favorite Crimbo memories was when my family went to a church fair after there had been a flurry of snow. On our way into the hall my dad managed to somehow fall down the steps and perform a perfect rollypoly into a snow drift at the bottom. The vicar was horrified that my mam and me were killing ourselves laughing at dad and rushed to help pick him up. We were completely helpless we were laughing so much, especially as dad had to walk around the fair with a wet patch that looked like he'd had an accident. What could be more festive than a bit of family mickey taking!

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  115. My daughter and I always go out on Christmas Eve and walk the neighborhood and look at lights and enjoy just Mommy and Daughter time together. She has two little girls now and soon we may include them, but for now it's just the two of us.

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  116. On Christmas Eve, my extended family would come over to exchange presents. After everyone went back home, my mom and I would exchange one of our gifts to each other. Then, on Christmas Day, we would exchange the rest of our gifts while eating scrambled eggs with polish sausage (both Polish sausage and Hungarian sausage are traditional Christmas foods at our house).

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  117. The best part of Christmas for me is the special food...we have a very traditional broth with all sorts of yummy ingredients in it...escarole, a savory cake, small meatballs, tortellini...not light at all but great. Ah...and the advent calendar was never a tradition in my family till very late after I kept on nagging my mom! Last year she gave it to me so I can now make my own.

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  118. The two things I look forward to every Christmas are: the delicious smells coming out of the kitchen on Christmas Eve when the food preparations start, especially the traditional catalan soup that my father cooks and the candlelight service we hold at school. Just magical.

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  119. Dreamy festive fabrics... I'm busy gathering together the twenty-four Christmas books required for my little boy's book advent calendar. Now an annual tradition!

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  120. Gorgeous fabrics! I love to make homemade marshmallows with my grandson. I like peppermint flavored & he likes to roll his in cocoa mix. They taste so much better than store bought ones!

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  121. I usually can't be doing with anyone even mentioning Christmas until December, but this year the choir I'm in is giving a Christmas concert so we've been practising since September, and I've been perfectly ok with it! I'm quite surprised at myself.

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  122. My family is kind of obsessed with special traditions, so there are really too many to mention... many of mine involve fabric and/or food.

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  123. Christmas....just the word itself is so filled with joy and happiness...:0)
    Meeting family and all the noise...Ahhh.it makes me smile...:0)
    Have started to put up Christmas lights outside....before snow comes this time!!! Wants to start inside...BUT... Not allowed says husband... But I think I will sneak in some things here and there...and voila...it's CHRISTMAS...lol...;0)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win some lovely fabric...those were so LOVELY!!!
    Christmas greetings from the north of Sweden!!! :0)

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  124. Each year I dream of having a colour scheme on my christmas tree and matching ornaments around the house with perhaps a bit of a theme. But every year the same decorations come out. Mainly homemade and school made, stain glass windows, santas with moving legs and so on, a proper mishmash. My children are now both teenagers but I cannot bear to throw them out(the decorations not the children hehe)and I dont think I ever will and every year I love my tree in its colourful mismatched glory. Catherine x

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  125. I love that each christmas we seem to add a "new" tradition into our already long standing ones...the main one being going to buy the tree on a particular weekend which we decorate with the kids while watching strictly on the Saturday night and the sunday night is spent wrapping presents while quaffing wine and cheese. This year I am adding a new one of home made pj's for the kids in the family, it may extend to the big kids next year! Have a lovely christmassy time. X

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