Each year as Christmas nears I make something for the season’s decor. This year I decided to knit stockings for each of us for Christmas. I only recently learned to knit. Learning to knit was a Retirement Goal for 2013 and I’m quite pleased with the results. Sami and Lou’s stockings were made from a pattern I found on Ravelry.com; Alan and my stockings were my own adaptations to that pattern.
The small tree we’ve had since our first Christmas in France. The lights we picked up last year. The first year we only found a 10-light string of white lights with mesh hearts . . . not as Christmas-y as we liked.
For this Christmas we added a beach theme with shells and glass collected on our morning walks, a tree skirt is actually a scarf that I knit earlier this year, the ornaments were crocheted with cotton thread last year (there a few left to stiffen for next year), the shell ornaments are actually our Camino shells from various treks through Spain.
When the kids were younger we had a forest of trees in the house for Christmas, each decorated in a different theme. Perhaps for next year, I’ll come up with a different theme . . . something fun, like miniature knit stockings and mittens or miniature ornaments made from sea glass and a crocheted garland!