A Note From the Editor
Anticipation. That wanting, watching, waiting feeling when you know something great is going to happen.
A child standing in line to meet Santa.
A little girl looking longingly at the wrapped treasures under the Christmas tree.
A boy hearing the timer tick away as cookie dough transforms itself in the oven.
A mother-to-be scrolling the web to find a crib.
A father hunting for the best tree on the lot.
And a cross stitcher watching the mailbox for the Just CrossStitch Christmas Ornaments issue!
Yes, my friends, it's here. Dozens of adorable, elegant, reverent and just plain fun ornaments to dangle from every branch, set on every mantel and tie around every spoke of your staircase. You can hang them, admire them, but first you have to stitch them. And isn't that the entire point -- to have fun as the days inch closer to that moment when you flick on the lights of the tree and see the fruits of your stitching labor? Though, to be honest, it's not needle work, it's needle play!
This issue brings you Christmas-song-inspired sections that altogether make up a full orchestra of ornament styles. We will have you rocking around the Christmas tree and singing Joy to the World as you stitch your way through this special holiday issue.
And there's more! The designers -- who are selected by invitation only -- bring you not just their best cross-stitch creations, but their culinary favorites as well. After you have savored the ornament photos and charts, you can dive into the designers' signature recipes and read about their best Christmas memories.
While you're making a list of ornaments and checking it twice, keep in mind the Savior who was waited for, watched for and longed for, whose birthday we celebrate with love and gratitude.
Enjoy the Christmas season, and please, save a few ornament designs to stitch throughout the year to keep up your Christmas spirit 365 days of the year.
Lillian Anderson, editor