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CHRISTMAS

UPDATE 11/14/06:  Adding two really cool holiday links to the bottom of this page.
 
DECEMBER
 
BIRTHSTONE AND MEANING:  Turquoise and Zircon (Prosperity)
ZODIAC SIGN:  Sagittarius
FLOWER:  Narcissus and Holly
 
HOLIDAYS:
 
DECEMBER 24:  Christmas Eve
DECEMBER 25:  Christmas Day
DECEMBER 31:  New Years Eve

 
CHRISTMAS TREE DOORKNOB COZY (sorry, no photo)
This is my own original pattern
 
MATERIALS:  Worsted weight yarn in a dark green shade, or Christmas green with the gold threaded through it 
Size K hook
 
Make 2 
Row 1: With green, chain 23.  Single crochet in second chain from
hook and each chain across.  Chain 1, turn. (22 sc)
Rows 2-4:  Single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1, turn. (22 sc)
Row 5:  Single crochet first two stitches together (sc decrease),  single crochet in each stitch across to last two single crochets,  single crochet last two stitchest together.  Chain 1, turn.
Row 6-11:  Single crochet in each stitch across, chain 1, turn. 
Row 12:  Repeat row 5.
Row 13-18: Single crochet in each stitch across.  Chain 1, turn.
Row 19: Repeat row 5.
Row 20-25:  Single crochet in each stitch across.  Chain 1, turn.
Row 26:  Repeat row 5.
Row 27-32:  Single crochet in each stitch across.   Chain 1, turn.
Row 33:  Single crochet first two stitches together.  Single crochet in each stitch across to last two stitches.  Single crochet last two stitches together. Chain 1, turn.
Row 34:  Single crochet first two stitches together.  Single crochet in next single crochet.  FOR DOORKNOB OPENING:  chain 6, skip next 6 stitches, single crochet in next stitch, single crochet last two stitches together, chain 1, turn.
Row 35:  Single crochet first two stitches together, single crochet in each stitch across to last two single crochets, single crochet last two stitches together. Chain 1, turn.
ROW 36:  Single crochet in each stitch across.  Fasten off.
 
Whip stitch front and back pieces together.
 
This is basically the same pattern as the candy corn doorknob hanger, done in green instead.  Can be decorated with ribbons and bows, or can get some of the miniature tree ornaments and tie them on or glue them.  Use your imagination!

HOLIDAY RECIPES
Ranch crackers - another recipe from my mom.  This makes a good gift placed in a decorative glass jar, or plastic bowl with lid.  I made it one year for my son's friends and they all liked it.
 
One bag oyster crackers
One envelope dry ranch dressing
1/2 tsp dill spice
2 tbsp oil
 
Preheat oven to 350.  Place crackers on cookie sheet in a single layer (I usually line the cookie sheet with foil, less messy and doesn't stick).  Mix dressing, dill and oil in a bowl.  Drizzle over crackers and stir it around some on the cookie sheet.  Bake about 15 minutes, stirring once more during baking.  When they cool put them in container of your choice.
 
 
HOLIDAY LINKS
 
 
OODLES HERE, I COULD STAY ALL DAY!   www.hgtv.com/holidaycrafts
 
 
HOLIDAY TIPS, GIFT GUIDE, RECIPES, YOU NAME IT'S HERE!  http://www.marsbrightideas.com/
 
GREAT STUFF TO PRINT FROM YOUR COMPUTER FOR FREE -  MATCHING SETS INCLUDING NOTE PAPERS, STATIONARY, RECIPE CARDS AND LABELS.  A COMPLETE SET WOULD BE A GREAT TEACHERS/BABYSITTER/NEIGHBOR GIFT - http://www.geocities.com/prettyprints/papersets.html
 
HERE ARE SOME FREE PRINTABLE BOOKMARKS - GREAT STOCKING STUFFER!  http://www.geocities.com/gailkav/bookmarks.html
 
FREE STUFF AND STUFF TO BUY HERE, PLUS LINKS, NEWSLETTER, NEAT PLACE - http://www.gingerbreadnook.com/labels/
 
HERE'S A SITE FOR FREE BATH GIFT RECIPES - They also have links at the bottom for more neat craft and home recipes you can make - http://ourhouse.ninemsn.com.au/ourhouse/factsheets/db/craft/07/746.asp
 
HERE ARE SOME CRAFTS FOR THE GARDENER ON YOUR LIST:  http://www.allcrafts.net/gardening.htm
 
YOU NAME IT THEY HAVE IT HERE - AND NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS!  http://www.craftfreebies.com/Christmas.htm
 
I GET THE NEWSLETTER FROM THIS SITE - THEY ALWAYS HAVE SOME NEW CREATIVE IDEAS!  http://www.homespirations.com/Default.htm

Hershey bar with your own 16 character greeting!

Inscribe any message you want on your favorite color M&M's!