Hello everyone! I hope you started the day with a visit to our fabulous host Jo's blog. Here we are at Day 5 of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop 2023.
I'm quite excited about the finish I have to show you, but first, Jo asked us about Santa stories or traditions that we grew up with, find locally or do currently. I don't think specifically seeing Santa and getting photos was a big deal for us growing up. Possibly my dad was too "thrifty" to buy the photos back then. I remember often seeing Santa at the Parish Hall at our church for a Christmas celebration, but I'm not sure the details on how that all happened. We rarely ever saw "mall Santas".
One of my parent's friends used to dress up as Bonhomme, which is technically a French Canadian tradition, and he was a French teacher.
I don't have access to them, but there's photos of my brother and I with Bonhomme when we were little.
Currently, DH is the head of the local parent-teacher organization and a photographer, so he organizes a Pancake Breakfast at the school with the rest of the committee and he takes all the photos with Santa. Santa often arrives on a fire truck, so it's really exciting for all the kids. We've had a photo of DD with Santa every year since she was born because of that. Here's a memorable one:
Santa felt bad that she was scared, but it was short lived:
So far DD is still excited to see Santa every year and this year's wish will be difficult for Santa. She wants a magic wand that's actually magical and allows her to fix my allergies and her Papa's allergies so we can have more cats from the rescue where we volunteer. :) We've tried to let her know Santa can't bring things that aren't real, but she's determined.
We leave out cookies and oat milk for Santa as well as vegetables for the reindeer. DD sometimes writes a note as well.
And now to the finish! Ta da!
Joyeux Noel by Jardin Privé
stitched 1 over 2 on 28ct Slytherin evenweave by Chromatic Alchemy
with Caron Waterlilies Hint of Mint
I love the finish on this one. There is a layer of things underneath the house and trees, but I didn't really want to add it in. I like this look much better. They have a version that says Merry Christmas as well, but this works for our house.
I hope everyone is enjoying the month so far, however you celebrate!