Are You Getting Underwear For Christmas?

My ten year old granddaughter has a chalk board in her kitchen.  She is using it to countdown the days until Christmas and every day makes a point of reducing the number of days.  Every time I have seen her since Thanksgiving, either she or her younger brother, who is 7, tells me how many more days until Christmas.  I’m sure the time is crawling for them.  Their excitement is infectious.  My daughter loves every moment of it, as do I.  The house is decorated inside and out with lights, nativities, and of course a Christmas tree.

For a year or so now, from time to time, there have been questions about the validity of Santa Claus.  This year my daughter has answered them by saying: “If you stop believing in Santa Claus, you get underwear!”.  Funny thing…no one is asking anymore.  They have probably gotten their answers elsewhere, but it hasn’t dampened their excitement.  I embellished this plate with the saying.  It hangs in their kitchen with the chalk board.

I cut the words and Santa out of shiny vinyl on my Klic-N-Kut.  The font used is BaaBookHmkBold and Santa with his sleigh is a free design from Digital Designs by Stephanie.  The plate is 14″ in diameter and is from Hobby Lobby.  To hang it, I looped a piece of 1.5″ wide grosgrain ribbon through a brass ring and glued it to the back of the plate.  This picture gives some detail of the back, where I did several rows of stitching to make sure that both ends of the ribbon acted as one piece for a secure bond with the glue (Gorilla Glue).

I completed it by wrapping a separate piece of ribbon around the hanger loop and tying a bow on the front side, just above the plate.

On a serious note, this is the nativity scene that I created for my entry courtyard.  It measures 40″ wide x 30″ tall and is attached to a metal wall plaque with nylon tie straps.  The components of the scene are a combination of the nativity font, collected and original designs  …all cut from vinyl on my Klic-N-Kut.