It was so much fun on Christmas morning to hear my mom talking about it and trying to figure which of us had done it. Unfortunately I do not have a picture of that - not sure if Jane does.
The next year, Jane and I planned together. We got an engraved ornament for everyone. Mine was Sally from A Charlie Brown Christmas.
|1978 Engraved Ornaments|
In 1980, Jane got married and moved to Michigan, 13 hours away, so I took over the tradition.
|1980 Felt Mittens|
In 1981, I made everyone a needlepoint box using plastic canvas and yarn. I chose a design for each person. Some were Christmas emblems like an angel or a star. Others were something that was specific for that person. I collected rainbow items so I stitched a rainbow on mine. My sister, Carol, liked butterflies. She recently gave her box to my daughter who also likes butterflies.
|1981 Needlepoint Boxes|
|1982 Cross Stitched Stockings|
One of my favorites were these cute little snowmen. There were six different colors for the hats and I made sure each family had a different hat for each person. The snowmen are made with 2 styrofoam balls and a knitted tube. I did a lot of the knitting on my lunch hour at work. I even made some to sell to co-workers.
|1983 Knitted Snowmen|
|1984 Crocheted Rings|
|1985 Needlepoint Sleighs|
|1986 Mary Janes and Tennis Shoes|