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A Note From the Editor

It's the most wonderful time of the year again! I'll be honest with you -- I'm one of those people who would leave a Christmas tree up year-round if I could. Every year, I start decorating earlier and earlier, starting with the small tinsel trees I've collected and the front-door wreath. Then, the big tree goes up, followed by the Nativity my mom had when I was a little girl and small decorations from my great-grandparents and grandparents. Each piece brings laughter, smiles and a flood of memories.

I think it's the memories that surround handmade ornaments that make them so special. Whether it's a construction-paper snowflake made by tiny hands, a beaded ornament ball skillfully crafted by time-aged hands, or delicately stitched ornaments like the ones you'll find in this issue, each one is precious and treasured. Trees, even the intricately themed ones, are living scrapbooks and memory holders, and they are beautiful. The annual Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornaments issue is one of my favorites for this very reason. I love to see the ornaments that arrive in our office and to see the care and passion that went into the design and workmanship of each one. And, being a stitcher myself, I know the joy that each of you feels when you pull thread through fabric (or paper) to create your own memories and decorations. These tiny stitched treasures connect us as a craft community that creates with dedication and enthusiam. It warms our staff's hearts when you tell us that you enjoy stitching these ornaments. Believe me when I say that we enjoy having a part in bringing these designs to you.

This year's issue once again showcases many of the year-after-year favorite themes -- Santas, snowmen and trees. From announcing angels and winter birds to snow-covered houses and sweet Nativities, there is a beautiful variety of motifs, colors, styles and stitches for your needle. From the basic cross stitch to delicate Hardanger stitches, there is something for every skill level and every stitcher.

I hope you join me in cranking up the carols, warming up the wassail, and picking up needle and thread to stitch your favorite ornaments. From my home to yours and from our JCS family to yours,

Merry Christmas!

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Christy Schmitz, editor

Originally from Mobile, Ala., Just CrossStitch editor Christy Schmitz holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Mobile and a master's degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Christy began stitching at the age of 5 when she was handed a piece of Aida cloth, a few colors of floss and the instruction to pretend she was coloring; with that, she was off with a needle in hand. Christy has been with Just CrossStitch since 2005 and now makes her home in northern Indiana where she spends her evenings stitching, cooking, renovating thrift store finds and taking her two beagle mixes for walks in the quiet, rural area.
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