I managed another Christmas finish. This is from the Blackbird Designs book Joyeux Noel. I stitched this on 30ct parchment Weeks linen using GAST Claret. The trim is made from the strip that the tassels were attached to that I used on Old Saint Nick (recent post).
Now for some history…..I chose the year 1941 for this piece because that is the year both my parents were born. I imagine Christmas of 1941 was an uncertain time for many. My dad’s parents were celebrating their 1st Christmas with a baby in the house – my dad. His parents had two more sons but no little girls.
Here’s my dad (the tall boy) and his two younger brothers. I was the first grandchild, and I’m told my grandpa was very happy to have a granddaughter, here are my dad’s parents around 1955.
Sadly, I don’t remember my grandpa at all. He died a week before my first Christmas, December 18, of a heart attack. He was in his 40s.
I think it’s very special that his first great-grandchild, my daughter Amber, was born 21 years later on December 18. Above is a photo of Amber and my dad, Christmas 1986.
Me and Santa, many, many (many) years ago!!