It's the most . . . wonderful . . . day . . . of the year! (cue the music)

From Christmas past . . .

 Baby Susan in oh-so-cute Santa pj's, Christmas 1963

To Christmas present . . . 

This year's abbreviated nativity display, including USA, Japan, Nepal, India, Argentina, and a baby 
I saved from when I was a young girl

My homemade gifts for Lindsay, Chelsea, and Hannah,
festively dressed with ornaments from Santa Fe

. . . it seems like hardly any time has passed at all, 
and suddenly it's Christmas Eve again.

The whirlwind is beginning to slow, things are (almost!) ready and we can all breathe a little sigh of relief, gratitude, love and Christmas-ness, and begin to actually enjoy the fruits of the season.

I hope things are in readiness at your homes too, and that you're going to find yourself surrounded by people and customs you love, or at least fond memories of them.

Here's the last installment of the featured Christmas book, in case you have time for a wee unwind before the party begins:

From everyone here at Small Works (yes, I realize that's just me . . .) 
have a wonderful celebration!  And I hope to see you again next week for the annual 
Hinckley-Handmade-Holiday-Gift-Spectacular report.



Amelia Poll said...

Love it! Have a very Merry Christmas! Much love to the Hinckley family. We miss you and look forward to seeing some of you in just a few months :)

Allie said...

What a darling baby pic, Susan. Love those tags from Santa Fe. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

luanne said...

Definitely going to have to order this Santa book on Amazon, it's irresistible. My fave today is "unrecognizable".

Even as a baby, you still look like you. Funny how that is.

Your daughters will be hard pressed to disturb the beautiful wrappings on their gifts. Beautiful! You outdid yourself. Love those New Mex ornaments.

Hope you and all the Hinckleys have the very merriest of Christmases. Put yourselves on YouTube so I can hear your caroling, that would be a treat!

Leenie said...

Wait! You're telling me all the red unicorns I've seen aren't real??? Maybe it was those red-spotted Amanita muscaria toadstools I ate that time in the woods.

Thanks again for the look into your Santa book. Happy, happy, joy, joy, Christmas.

susan m hinckley said...

Merry Christmas, one and all! I hope your homes (and tummies!) are as overflowing with joy today as ours are. Thanks for your continued friendship and support. Maybe 2011 should be the year of the blog friends tea party . . . xo!

mimi k said...

Merry Christmas Susan!

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