Christmas Eve

Thanks everyone, for the hopes and wishes that our family fared well in the storm. We did indeed, coming off extremely lucky compared to neighbours who lost trees, or had extensive damage, or are still out of power. We’re fine. The storm, was, like so many things the world offers, as beautiful as it was crushing.

It reminded me of how often events in our lives are two things. Hard, and lovely.

Powerful, but compelling.

Fragile, but strong.

My world is still sparkling, encased in ice, and glitters wherever the light finds it.

Today is a wild day, as we catch up, wrap gifts, get ready to celebrate together, and hunker down into a proper winter, deep, dark and gleaming.

Happy Christmas to you and yours if you celebrate it, Happy Holiday to those of you who don’t, and our best thoughts and wishes from this family to yours.


81 thoughts on “Christmas Eve

  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours…we are all truly blessed as the sun now returns on its journey north.

  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family! I’m happy to hear that you are all okay, and I’m thinking about those that are less than okay. Beautiful pictures.

  3. Wishing your family much happiness in the coming year and all your blog readers! We shall await the pictures of all the knitted gifts with great anticipation! Merry Christmas!

  4. To Jenny at 4:15. They are made in a mold. Lots of things can be used as long as the ice will come out without damage. The very pretty star molds can be purchased through Lee Valley Tools (
    And Stephanie, the post says Christmas Eve but is dated Solstice Eve – December 20. Maybe this is part of your time warp plan???
    Happy Holidays – whatever you celebrate – to Stephanie and your family and friends and to all on the Blog who continue to enrich my life and provide endless entertainment.

  5. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stephanie. And thank you for the gifts you give all of us all year…inspiration, laughter, and much to think about. May 2014 be wonderful for you.

  6. Merry Christmas to you and and yours. I’m originally from Connecticut so no stranger to ice storms. I’d rather have three feet of snow. Happy to hear you are all well. Many blessings in the year to come.

  7. That wonderful moment has come… stores are closed, no more frantic buying. What’s bought is bought and all will make due somehow. A happy, calm descends. Families, friends, neighbours gather. Welcome Christmas time! All the best to you, yours and all who meet here.

  8. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a great 2014. Thanks for sharing your life, your family and your adventures through all your blog posts. It has been a gift to us and a pleasure to read.

  9. Happy Holidays to your family too. Your blog gives me great pleasure in reading it every day that I wanted to give you this:
    Robert Frost’s poem Birches contains these lines when the ice starts falling:
    Soon the sun’s warmth makes them shed crystal shells
    Shattering and avalanching on the snow-crust—
    Such heaps of broken glass to sweep away
    You’d think the inner dome of heaven had fallen.
    I love the rest of the poem also! Cheers,

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well. Happy to hear that you all are safe and warm.
    Thank you for another wonderful year of your life, the good, the sad and the all of it.
    We love you,

  11. Merry Christmas, Stephanie, and thank you for your wonderful blog. And thanks for telling us about the Hornshaw swifts. That helped me answer the question, “what would you like for Christmas?”.
    jill in Ontario

  12. My world is encased in ice as well. Cold, treacherous, and beautiful. Wishing you and yours a warm, safe and happy Christmas. Thank you for sharing your eloquence with us, once again.

  13. Here in Illinois, we didn’t get the ice. . .but we’re getting snow right now, just enough for a white Christmas.
    Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday season, whatever holidays you’re celebrating, and for a fantastic new year!

  14. Merry Christmas, Steph! I’ve read this blog for years but only seriously sat down and taught myself to hand knit two months ago. What a bright world has opened up for me, and it is this blog that I blame. Thans so much, and Happy New Year too!

  15. Joyeux Noël from eastern Ontario. We fared not badly with the storm. More ice pellets but did get some of the ice rain. Glad to hear you did alright. May your Christmas season be filled with fun, giggles and family.

  16. Hope your holiday is wonderful! Also, hope you guys thaw out soon and all the power is restored, especially the heat!
    Cheers from Kentucky!

  17. A beautiful post. I hope your holiday will be wonderful and the coming year a good one. Thank you for all that you share with all of us.

  18. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
    Our best Christmas ever was after a Christmas Eve ice storm…changed plans but we enjoyed good times with neighbors. And we are in the South, so ice melted.

  19. Merry Christmas to your family and friends! So glad the storm brought you beauty, and left the power on so you can keep knitting!

  20. Merry Christmas and Thank you for your MOST entertaining & inspiring & thoughtful Blog. Peace, yes, Peace.
    and I’m glad you weathered that storm and all is well ~

  21. Here in Oklahoma we are just begining to thaw out from a week in ice. Yes beautiful but so dangerous too. Be careful on the ice, falling can be so costly to your body.

  22. Merry Christmas and a belated Happy Yule to you and yours. My money’s on Tupper watching the festivities and I know his presence is felt. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season filled with laughter, love, joy and really, really nice wool.

  23. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Stephanie. Thank you for another year of joy, insight & laughter.
    You, Steph, are the main reason that I didn’t give up knitting after my first few frustrating misadventures. There was always another interesting/challenging pattern from your blog to try. Sometimes they were a a real stretch for my skill level, but I kept at it, and now I can say that I’m a pretty good knitter & can make just about anything I want (although I still have an irrational fear of intarsia. . .)
    Knitting has turned out to be just the beginning of this whole escapade. I decided it might be fun to learn to spin my own yarn, which took me into a whole new world of fibery delights. Being around the beasties whose fleeces I was spinning was a truly warming experience. Somehow, very gradually, that turned this city girl & her hubby into sheep farmers. I found a fleece from a sheep named “Yvonne” & had to buy it. . . and discovered that it was like spinning clouds. So when we moved out to the country (which is not that far from town in Bellingham WA) we bought a few CVM/Romeldale sheep. Four grew into 39 (with lambs on the way). They are the most endearing creatures, and are a complete joy to shepherd. So THANKS, STEPH! You started something truly wonderful.

  24. Stephanie,
    I have been enjoying your blog for a long time. You are always so positive and caring. I think you keep Christmas in your heart all year long, not just in December.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  25. Merry Christmas to you Stephanie. Thank you for another year of marvelous posts that make me laugh and for the ones that make me cry. It’s all good. Cheers.

  26. And peace to you and yours (and electricity to everyone in Toronto and New England, too, while I’m at it). Your blog and writings have made me happy for years and years and years. They introduced me to my people – the ones who walk at Rhinebeck with Juno, the ones whose eyes light up when they walk into my LYS (which is Webs), the ones who are still finishing this year’s Christmas presents. Thank you, and a very happy New Year!

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  28. Ice storms… beautiful but treacherous. Some of us outside of St. Andrews, NB, are into the 8th day of no power. Thank the stars for wood stoves, and being able to pick up the cell-tower service from neighbouring towns.
    Happy holidays, Happy New Year, and happy knitting through all of 2014.

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