Think Christmas!

Treacle Says “Think Christmas”

 

Morning Think Christmas Blog Hoppers and welcome to my day on the Think Christmas Blog Hop.  This is the second hop I have taken part in and had so much fun in the first one, the Red, White & Blue Blog Hop, that when Madame Samm announced this, being hosted by Lesley at The Cuddle Quilter (what a great name for a blog!!!) I had to join in.
I think I was a bit laid back with this hop, the first one I had it all done, prepared and photographed for weeks before and this I thought oh I have loads of time, but I forgot the Boys were going to be at home!!!!!  To say it has been a little rushed is an understatement!
Here goes and I hope you like the block I have chosen.
A Christmas House with an appliqued Snowman
I have seen on a lot of blogs recently these houses being made especially with Homespun fabrics and quite a bit of applique on.  Now this is only my second attempt at applique and it is getting easier each time I do some.
Having enjoyed making this block, I had some more fabric left so :

And I had still more fabric left so :

And more fabric left so :

I now have a Christmas village, well almost!!!!!

 This is what I have done with them  :

I ran out of time to put the binding on but will get it done and then show you a picture!  The blocks are 12 1/2  inches square before the borders.

The brief was to use Red, Green and White fabric and you can see the way I have used them, which I am pleased to say all came from my stash!  Lesley loves Santa’s but I only had snowmen, sorry Lesley!
I really wanted to try making these houses and was pleased to see how easy they are and along with the log cabin blocks I have been making are now one of my favourites.  Again I could do lots of things, I just need more time!!!!!!
I had to put Santa on for Lesley!

 Giveaway

Here is what I am giving away :
A Moda Winter Wonderland Charm Pack by Ingrid for Moda
All you need to do is follow my blog, if you are new, and leave me a comment to say Merry Christmas and to let me know you are a new follower or if you are already a follower just let me know you stopped by.  I will ship Internationally and please make sure you are not a no reply person.  If you are not sure, leave me your email address in your comment.  I will get the Random Number Generator to pick a winner on August 6th, the day after the hop finishes.
Christmas has always been my most favourite time of the year (sorry I don’t like New Year!!!).  When I lived at home we used to go to my maternal Grandparents for Christmas.  We used to leave on December 23rd and spend the whole of Christmas and New Year with them and my Great Grandmother Jones, who lived with them.  It was a lovely family time with lots of preparations for Christmas Day and last minute bits of shopping and craft making.  
My Grandad and Dad would be making sure there was enough logs for the fires over the holiday period, my Grandma and Mom would be getting the food prepared and wonderful puddings and mince pies made and I would be putting the finishing touches to the Christmas trees.  
 
Christmas Eve dinner would be early at 5.00pm and when I was little, scooted off to bed, but it was so difficult to go to sleep as I knew Santa was on the way.  One year I actually heard the sleigh and reindeer land on the roof and the sleigh bells ringing.
 
As I got older I was allowed to help with the preparations and every year before the big day one of my jobs would be to collect the feathers as my Grandma plucked the goose for Christmas dinner.  She had a small sitting room off the kitchen and all the doors and windows were closed and the room would be filled with feathers as she plucked and I had to pick them up, as they were used to fill the new pillows for the sofas.
 
Christmas Day was a magical day, opening presents from Santa in the morning around the Christmas tree in our PJ’s and a light breakfast, with the goose already cooking.  Grandma always made me hot chocolate and the adults had coffee with a tot of rum in, especially if it was really cold!
 
Dinner was always at 2.00pm, after a visit to Church, and then gifts were opened from under the Christmas tree.  In the evening board or card games were played with a light supper being served at about 7.00pm.
 
Boxing Day was a completely relaxed day walking the dogs in the morning and hopefully playing in the snow, if it had snowed.  Lunch was a cold buffet and dinner in the evening was only the adults, usually with friends and other relatives visiting us.  
 
As my Grandparents got older my parents took over the hosting of Christmas, but continued with all the traditions and I helped out more and more.  Sadly it all changed as my Parents and Grandparents died, but I have tried very hard to build our own traditions around Christmas for DH and The Boys.  We don’t have a goose anymore (none of them like it) but we do have turkey or chicken but it does come undressed!!
I hope you have liked a little insight into my childhood Christmases.  Thanks to Madame Samm for suggesting this and to Santa Lesley for hosting and organising us all (hope your back feels better soon Lesley) and Thanks to all of you for visiting my Blog.
 

Merry Christmas!

Don’t forget to visit the other ladies hosting today on Think Christmas Blog Hop.  They are :

Tuesday, July 31 

Susie’s World (You are here)
 

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138 thoughts on “Think Christmas!

  1. Madame Samm

    i returned with a hot bran muffin right out of the oven and a cup of joe to sip…your traditions, brought back many lovely memories with my grandparents too..i guess sometimes we dont see their value till we are grown and they are gone…but their hearts live within us and those memories keeps us going….thank you for sharing your heartfelt story with us….

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  2. Judith

    Sweet little village! I have never made a house and this gives me the inspiration to make one. Love your little snowman in all the different spots. Adorable! I am a new follower and Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas…Judith, Texas

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  3. Pam

    Hiya Susie! I love the snowmen and the houses, SO CUTE!!! I am a follower, enjoyed your wonderful work with the Red, White and Blue hop too. Sounds like you had wonderful Christmases growing up, I did too. Big families and lots of love. I hope you have a lovely holiday season this year, but I will wish you that again as it gets closer. Thank you for having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!!

    playamom57 at yahoo dot com

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  4. Just Carol

    Plucking a goose? Wow! It's so much nicer to just pick up some poultry at the grocery store. :O) Anyway, I love those little houses! I've been wanting to make some, but just haven't. I need to add that to my list of to-do things. Thanks for sharing and being part of the hop!

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  5. MoeWest

    I love your house blocks and how the snowman appears to move around! Thanks for sharing your memories of past Christmases. I'm a follower. Merry Christmas in July.

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  6. JanesQuilting

    Hi, This is the first I found your site, but promise to come back often. Your boys, I must say are very handsome. Thank you for your story on your Christmas's past. It was always my favorite time of year. Now that our children are all grown and all over the states, my husband and I now spend the Holidays alone. But we have fond memories, and hopefully put fond memories in our children's memories. I also want to thank you for having the giveaway, God Bless.

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  7. Sharon Dawn

    Your growing up holidays sound make a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing them and your cute houses. Your piece will look lovely when it is finished!

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  8. Teresa

    Merry Christmas Susie! Loved your Christmas story. I've never had goose. We have ham that DH cooks all night the night before. It is delicious. I am a new follower, and loved your houses. They turned out so well!

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  9. Gwen

    Merry Christmas!! Reading your post has really put me in the Christmas spirit! 🙂 I LOVE your Christmas village– the snowmen in the yards are adorable– you have inspired me! 🙂 Thank you for the chance to win some of that beautiful fabric!!

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  10. Joyce Carter

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, SUSIE!! (I am a new follower.)I loved reading your blog about your Christmas with your parents and grandparents.It was very heart-warming and really put me in the Christmas spirit. It is really nice to have a lot of treasured memories from the past.
    The snowman at your little houses are so cute. I think I like them better than a Santa. You did a great job making them.
    Thank you for a chance to win some beautiful fabric.

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  11. Cecilia

    I love your blocks! Thanks for sharing your past Christmas celebrations with us. I really like the snowman too. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm already a follower.

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  12. Jodi - usairdoll

    Love your house blocks, makes a nice village and a beautiful quilt. The appliqued snowmen are just the right touch. Sounds like you have happy memories of the holidays. I grew up in Alaska and have wonderful memories of family and fun in the snow. I tried as well to keep some traditions with my children and DH like you but living in California, Christmas just doesn't have the “winter” feeling. hehe. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us. I'm already a follower.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Crickets Corner

    I just got an early Christmas gift – finding your blog! I am a new follower thanks to the blog hop. Love the houses with the snow men. Thanks for sharing your Christmas memories – I love having tradition to carry on from grandparents and parents. We still continue ours and my niece is now doing some of them at her house.

    Thanks for the giveaway and I look forward to seeing your future posts.

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  14. MooseStash Quilting

    Love your house blocks. What fun it would be to add embellishments and decorate them for the holidays too. 🙂 It was sure fun to read about your holidays growing up. And lastly, now just who are those handsome young men on your blog header!!

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  15. Nellie Duclos

    I love your little house blocks. Thanks for the opportunity to win some great Christmas fabric. Winning the fabric would really be motivation to sew something Christmas themed during the summer. I am trying to complete projects from a shop hop I went on in June.

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  16. evelyn

    Susie, I love your house blocks, and can I say Snowmen are my very favorite part of the holiday season. Thank you for sharing your story of Christmas's past. Beautiful memories you have.

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  17. Homemaker Honey

    Merry Christmas! I am a new blog follower – from Australia! Your Christmas village blocks are too cute. I especially like the added touch of the snowmen.

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail. com

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