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An­tic­i­pa­tion. That want­ing, watch­ing, wait­ing feel­ing when you know some­thing great is go­ing to hap­pen. A child stand­ing in line to meet Santa. A lit­tle girl look­ing long­ingly at the wrapped trea­sures un­der the Christ­mas tree.

A boy hear­ing the timer tick away as cookie dough trans­forms it­self in the oven. A mother-to-be scrolling the web to find a crib. A father hunt­ing for the best tree on the lot. And a cross stitcher watch­ing the mailbox for the Just

CrossStitch Christ­mas Or­na­ments issue! Yes, my friends, it's here. Dozens of adorable, ele­gant, rev­er­ent and just plain fun or­na­ments to dan­gle from ev­ery branch, set on ev­ery man­tel and tie around ev­ery spoke of your stair­case. You can hang them, ad­mire them, but first you have to stitch them. And isn't that the en­tire point—to have fun as the days inch closer to that mo­ment when you flick on the lights of the tree and see the fruits of your stitch­ing la­bor? Though, to be hon­est, it's not nee­dle work, it's nee­dle play!

This issue brings you Christ­mas-song–in­spired sec­tions that al­to­gether make up a full orches­tra of or­na­ment styles. We will have you rock­ing around the Christ­mas tree and singing Joy to the World as you stitch your way through this spe­cial hol­i­day issue.

And there's more! The de­sign­ers—who are se­lected by in­vi­ta­tion only—bring you not just their best cross-stitch cre­ations, but their culi­nary fa­vorites as well. Af­ter you have sa­vored the or­na­ment pho­tos and charts, you can dive into the de­sign­ers' sig­na­ture recipes and read about their best Christ­mas mem­o­ries.

While you're mak­ing a list of or­na­ments and check­ing it twice, keep in mind the Sav­ior who was waited for, watched for and longed for, whose birth­day we cel­e­brate with love and grat­i­tude.

En­joy the Christ­mas sea­son, and please, save a few or­na­ment de­signs to stitch through­out the year to keep up your Christ­mas spirit 365 days of the year.

Stay in stitches!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only be­got­ten Son, that who­ever be­lieves in Him should not per­ish but have ev­er­last­ing life.” —John 3:16

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