Christmas Episode 8 – Sugar Plums & Murder

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I love exploring Christmas literature every year; I wish I could have addressed all my favorites! After you listen to the episode above, check out the links below to access the information referenced in the podcast.

Find out more about the origins of an enduring Christmas favorite: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Link is to one of a few Kindle editions that I reference in the podcast, which I recommend! I love it when humor translates from another language into English.

Feast your ears and eyes on “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” with Tchaikovsky’s music, dancing based on the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s original production, and Maurice Sendak’s outstanding costume and scenery design. This is my favorite version of the beloved Christmas favorite.

Check out the Needlecraft Mysteries, and then explore Monica Ferris’ website; the link takes you right to her Needlework page, with links to patterns you can use – and then explore the rest of the site. The Adventures link features some interesting blog posts, and if you click on Books you’ll see that many, if not all, of the books have links to the patterns offered in the print version of the books. Craft varies, but when I popped into a few links I found knitting, crocheted lace, and I think cross stitch.

And last but never least, read and /or listen to Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” free on Project Gutenberg. What a great holiday activity! Pour a little mulled cider, but stay away from “an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato.” (Yep, that’s a quote from the story. )

partially finished red, white, and green knitted  Christmas sock and ball of yarn

And now, really last and probably also least, here’s the unfinished Christmas sock I’m knitting while I listen to Monica Ferris.

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