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Well, since last night was St Nicholas Eve, that makes today.....


Clever how that works, huh?  Now I know that this isn't a holiday we celebrate widely in America, but then again, neither is National Cat Herders Day, yet we have celebrated that here!  So to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day, we are featuring

Jolly old Saint Nick himself.

Any designs with Saint Nick (or his alter-ego Santa Claus) is 20% off all day December 6th.  As always, I'll give you a few ideas to get you started down the path, but remember there are TONS more patterns with St Nick in them, so be brave & wander near & far thru the website!



Ol' Saint Nick - from Teresa Kogut.  How sweet is this pair?  And isn't it nice that they're bringing a tree too?

Nuit Magique (Magic Night) - from TraLaLa.  Love all the packages on the garland.  And the holly in the snow.



Jolly Olde Saint Nick - from Blackberry Lane.  What a wonderful ornament this would be!

Twin Peak Santa 2019 - from Twin Peak Primitives.  I LOVE his coat.  And his staff.  At first, I thought the lighter brown animal in his back was a puppy...then I put my glasses on & realized it's an elephant.



Chalkboard Christmas Greetings - from Tiny Modernist.  We have this santa stitched on black perforated paper & he's adorable!

Chalk Full: Merry - from Hands On.  I just love this, even tho I'm slightly disturbed by all the santa heads sticking out of the jar....



Believe in Santa - from Twin Peak Primitives. This sleigh is beautiful!

Christmas Joy Truck - from Homespun Elegance.  It looks like someone painted the wood on the side of this truck!  I love it.



Advent Sunday - from Madame Chantilly.  I know it's a little hard to see the figures, but I love that santa in the jar!

Saint Nicholas - from TraLaLa.  Today's person of the day!  Isn't he elegant in that teal blue?



Twilight Santa - from Foxwood Crossing.  Another really lovely St Nick!

Morning Star Santa - from Foxwood Crossing.  This guy looks so old-fashioned & quaint.



Flying Lessons - from Teresa Kogut.  Those sheepies are looking at Santa the way my pups look at me ~ "where are we going?  will there be treats?  we're not going to the v-e-t are we?".

Douce Nuit (Sweet Night) - from TraLaLa.  This design is even sweet, but I also spy some candy canes in there!



Woodland Santa with Lantern - from Twin Peak Primitives.  Love the little quilt pattern on his basket!

Joy - from Teresa Kogut.  A perennial favorite, the border looks like one of those penny rugs.


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Santa's Gifts - from Stitch*N*Needs.  This is so much prettier stitched!  I love it!

Quaker Santa Hat - from Stitcherhood.  Santa has quite a lovely hat!



Santa on the Bike - from Madame Chantilly.  I love all of Santa's different means of transportation!

Christmas Scooter - from Madame Chantilly.  Well this looks like a fun adventure!


Prairie Schooler Santas

What can I say?  They're a classic & they're on everyone's "must have" list.  Most all of them are available, either individually, or in the "Santas Revisited" charts.  So check your stash & see if you're missing any!


2019 Santa - These little sheep have been so popular!

2018 Santa - Good thing the carrot is up high enough that the bunny can't reach it!

2017 Santa - The Polar bear is my favorite!



Santas Revisited VII - this chartpak includes the santas from 1985, 2002 & 2014.

Santas Revisited IV - Santas from 1986, 1988 & 1992.  I love the fisherman!


What fun it is waiting for Santa!  And then, when we're on the flip side, being Santa!  It is fun to see the beauty of surprise on little ones' faces. It's also fun to see the beauty of surprise on the face of an adult when caught off guard with an unexpected gift.  Last week I was the beneficiary of one of those gifts.  I was banging thru McDonalds to get my morning diet Coke fix.  As I sat behind the car in front of me, I couldn't figure out why the lady in front of me was handing her card back to the gal at the window (I had already seen the McD's lady hand her back her card).  But no worries, I wasn't in a hurry.  When I pulled up to the window, I had my exact change out & the lady at the window said, "Your order is already paid for.  The last customer said to tell you Happy Holidays!".  How fun!  Was it a beautiful new sweater, or a great pair of earrings?  Nope.  But it was JUST as welcomed & treasured. 

I know lots of folks have talked about things like this ~ those random acts of kindness.  But it does take on another spin during the holiday season when everyone is in a hurry...for what?  I'm waiting for a chance to do this same thing soon.  And if by some remote chance, the person who bought my diet Coke is reading this, "Thank you ~ you made my week".


Hugs & stitches ~

Beth & all the secret Santas at TSS