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A Note From the Editor

As we selected the designs featured in this issue of Just CrossStitch, St. Nicholas, our cover project, was immediately one of my favorites. I loved the traditional style of this piece, and Santa’s sack filled with pine branches reminded me of my family’s outings to find the perfect Christmas tree.

Tree shopping at the local Christmas tree farm is a fun tradition that we started when our children were little and have continued through the years. Our excursions included wagon rides through the fields of pine trees, steaming cups of hot cider, and even visits with a very realistic Santa. We never did tell the kids that the jolly fellow was actually from Montana and not the North Pole.

Traditions make up the best parts of the holiday season for me and my family. Whether it’s hunting for the perfect tree, making yummy cookies and candy, or attending the Christmas Eve service at church, I know the memories that we are making together will be relived and enjoyed for years to come.

Does your family have special traditions for the holidays? If so, we’d love to hear about them. Drop us a note at, or better yet, post photos of your traditions and be sure to tag us on our Facebook or Instagram pages! We look forward to hearing from you.

Wishing you all happy holidays,

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Tanya Fox, editor

Tanya Fox has served as editor of various Annie's publications since 2006.

She said, "I have enjoyed stitching and creating art of all kinds since very early in life. My earliest creative memory is of sewing doll clothes with my mom and grandmother. I learned embroidery and cross-stitch from my great grandmother in my early teens starting with simple stamped designs and progressing to projects on stitched on Aida and linen. I truly love that whether I'm working with fabric and floss, yarn or paper, there's always something new to learn. Part of what makes stitching so enjoyable is sharing what I know and learning from others."

Tanya is a native of Indiana, and she and her husband, Jim, have six children.

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