Christmas Knitting and General Christmas Cheer

Greetings, knitterati. As of 4:30 pm yesterday, I am officially DONE with Christmas knitting. I made a cowl, a scarf, and five hats. Only four hats are shown in this photo because two of them were identical--I was running out of ideas at the end.

I braved the post office (which is like Lord of the Flies this time of year) and got everything sent out, so my recipients should be getting their presents well before Christmas.

In addition to knitting gifts, I've been participating in some Christmas-related activities. Sunday was our annual church bake sale. I contributed these loaves of sourdough bread and some cookies.

 Tuesday and yesterday, I went to the Chicago Christkindlmarket with some friends. The main entrance is guarded by these giant nutcrackers.

Much gluhwein was consumed from these very cute commemorative mugs.

Tuesday night my friends and I also went to the Walnut Room at the former Marshall Field's to see the giant Christmas tree.

I think the display windows outside have been really boring and basic ever since Macy's took over, but I'll grudgingly concede that they always do a good job with the tree.

Finally, since no one ever gets me what I really want, I always buy myself a little Christmas present. This year, I got a little silver fox charm from Jamber Jewels.

It's too adorable! I like it so much that I'm going to use it as my avatar from now on.

This will probably be my last post of the year (unless I have time to knit something else before I take off for my Christmas vacation), so whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or the Solstice or just having time off to spend with those you love, I wish you the happiest of holidays!