In the book, How the Grinch Stole Christmas  by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch stole Christmas from the people of Who-ville. 

In South Africa, disease and poverty stole childhood from millions of children.

Can we displace the Grinch in a child’s life?

Just for a moment?

Christmas gift making is starting early ! 

Ronda requested more time to prepare the blankets before the holiday season arrives.

Besides themed squares, we also need many, many Plain Janes to complete a blanket.  Please do not be deterred by the fancy square.  We would love to see how you are using Christmas colours to warm a cold child.  A square made with red, green and/or white would be quite striking.  Variegated Christmas yarns also make interesting squares

A few reminders: 

  • Please securely butterfly  a 20”/50 cm tail to each square and bundle squares into lots of 5 or 10, to help the sewers in South Africa.
  • Your parcel does not need to arrive in South Africa before the end of the month.   When your parcel arrives in the next few months, know it will be appreciated and that you are keeping children warm.
  • Would you upload your photos to the photo page as well as to this challenge. (Not sure how to add a photo? Click here then scroll to “How do I add a Photo to a discussion” )
  • After uploading your photos, please go to The Drive To Fill Ronda’s KASvan and add to the squares tally.

Marvellous Mary has set up Flickr.  Great place to see all the photos together and spread the word !

Gracious Gitta has set up the Christmas Album. There are so many wonderful squares that Gitta has opened a Second Christmas Album

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A Christmas poinsettia  ... very traditional Christmas plant in the USA, but I'm not sure about other parts of the world. 

Oh, forgot the song .... I've never actually heard this, and couldn't find a link with anyone singing it, but I like the idea expressed, especially in the last verse.  So enjoy everyone.  Here is Percy, the Puny Poinsettia:

Lyrics to Percy, The Puny Poinsettia :

Percy the puny poinsettia
Is hanging his bloom in dismay
If they had just kept him wetta
He'd be a houseplant today
 
Folks liked the other plants betta
Now he's alone on the shelf
Even a plant with no uncle or aunt
Shouldn't spend Christmas Day by himself
Holiday shoppers would stop by the counter
And pick up a plant to take home
Until one by one all his friends were adopted
And Percy was left all alone
Percy the puny poinsettia
Is hanging his bloom in dismay
If they had just kept him wetta
He'd be a houseplant today
Folks liked the other plants betta
Now he's alone on the shelf
Even a plant with no uncle or aunt
Shouldn't spend Christmas Day by himself
Then into the store on the night before Christmas
Came a poor little girl who was cryin'
But when she saw Percy her eyes opened wide
And she said "Can I please make him mine?"
Now Percy the puny poinsettia
Is standing beside Mr. Tree
His leaves have never been redda,
He's as proud as a flower can be
Somebody made him feel betta,
Rescued him off of the shelf
Even a plant with no uncle or aunt
Shouldn't spend Christmas Day by himself
 

Now at Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas...and the birds continue to arrive :-)

The French hens are adapted from a cross stitch pattern and done in Tunisian simple stitch.

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Okay okay Jeanne, right then, for this ONE and ONLY time!!!!! LOL!!!!! The evidence of crocheting during holidays!!!! We had a lot of fun making a picture of me! :))))) And I could not resist buying wool here at Terschelling....to be continued.......LOL

Last bits of last year's Christmasy yarn - Jan's square

Christmas Square in June. I did a few like this.

Two more!  Variations of candy cane :-)...

Two more Xmas squares - what looks like turquoise is really green!  The variegated square makes me think of roaring log fires, candles and some Christmas greenery. 

Here are lovely squares from Jenine.

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Did someone mention a star?   I just happen to have a square with a shooting star.  

I hope the children like red snowflakes.

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