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CAN YOU FEEL A HINT of fes­tive sparkle yet? (Don’t you dare say ‘bah humbug!’) Ev­ery­one likes to act sur­prised when they spot Christ­mas gift wrap and those dan­ger­ously large tins of choco­lates in the su­per­mar­ket aisles in Septem­ber. How many times have you felt a bit grumpy about it all start­ing too early? But if you take a mo­ment, could you feel like a child again just for a sec­ond? We’d like to help you sum­mon up that kind of child­hood ex­cite­ment again, and the way to tackle this as a grown up is to get ahead and be or­gan­ised, then there maybe enough time to en­joy those old feel­ings.

This is­sue we present a col­lec­tion of all the Christ­mas de­signs you need to get your plans in or­der, from Emma Cong­don’s Ad­vent Cal­en­dar baubles on page 49 to Su­san Bates’ gin­ger­bread set for mini chefs (page 62). And we are bring­ing you some early Christ­mas magic with our Santa de­sign (page 2). With his rosy cheeks and jolly coat, he’ll bring you en­joy­ment as you stitch, and some­thing to smile at each year when you take him out of the box and place him on the tree.

Happy stitch­ing!

P.S. We love to hear about your cur­rent stitch­ing projects! Send your let­ters and pho­tos to crossstitcher@den­nis.co.uk



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