Merry Christmas!

Hello, and Merry Christmas! How’s your day going? I’m good! I woke up around four with some of my siblings, then we opened presents at six, and…yeah; I’m just having a great day! Hope you are too!

Our Christmas tree! 🎄

So, again, Merry Christmas, and an early Happy New Years! See you on Wednesday! I hope you have a great day! Bye!

Christmas/Winter Aesthetic ❄

Another aesthetic!! Hi, welcome or welcome back to my blog, Books and Hooks! I’ve made a few aesthetics in the past, (you can see them here if you want!) I love making these; they are so fun to make and find pictures for!!

I hope to make one for a new book I’m writing with my sister soon, too! But for today, I’ll be making one for winter and Christmas, since the first day of winter was yesterday!! Like with my other aesthetics, I found all the pictures on Pixabay! Okay, here it is!

I hope you liked it! I’ll see you guys on Saturday (Christmas!)!! Hope you have an amazing day! Bye! ❤

This or That: Christmas Edition

Hello! Since it’s only ONE WEEK until Christmas, I decided to do a Christmas-y this or that! Heidi made this up, here’s hers, make sure to go check it out! Thank you for letting me do it!! Okay, well here it is!

Fake Christmas tree or real Christmas tree?

I like that real Christmas trees are really nice because it’s fun going out and finding one, and because I love the smell! But I like that fake ones are cheaper, require less work, and they don’t shed as much needles. Overall, I think that I like fake trees better.🎄

White lights or colored lights?

I like white lights better because they just look so magical!

Ugly Christmas sweater or cute Christmas sweater?

I like cute Christmas sweaters better! 💖

Candy canes or gingerbread cookies?

I love both of these, but I might have to go with candy canes, because I love basically anything minty!

Star or Angel? (On top of the tree)

I love both! We have a star, but I wouldn’t mind which one we have! ⭐

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?

I don’t think I’ve ever really had eggnog, so I guess hot chocolate!!

Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?

Okay, so if it means which one looks nicer, I’d choose wrapping paper. But if it’s between which one I like to use better, I’d have to go with gift bags! I am horrible at wrapping gifts.

Christmas Music or Christmas Movies?

I don’t like watching movies that much, so I would probably choose music! There are a lot of good Christmas movies though!

Festive Dress or Festive Sweater?

Probably a sweater. I don’t really like wearing dresses that much.

Christmas Music Before or After Thanksgiving?

I like to wait until at least after Thanksgiving to start listening to Christmas music! 😃

Decorate Before or After Thanksgiving?

After!!

Open Presents Christmas Eve or Christmas Day?

We’ve never opened them on Christmas Eve, so I’ll probably go with Christmas day!

Hot Coffee or Hot Chocolate?

I don’t like to drink coffee, so I’ll have to go with hot cocoa!! ☕

Decorating a Gingerbread House or Cookies?

I love how gingerbread houses look, but I like to decorate cookies better! Making gingerbread houses is still fun though!!

White Elephant or Secret Santa?

Probably Secret Santa!

I hope you like this post!! Have an awesome day! I’ll see you guys in my next post on Wednesday, which will hopefully be a winter aesthetic, or a Christmas poem! Okay, have a great rest of your weekend!!

Christmas Cookies/Treats My Family’s Making This Year

Hello! I know this post is kind of late: I had a very busy day!! (A good kind of busy, though!) I hope your Saturday is going well too! In this post, I’m going to tell you guys all the cookies and treats my family is planning on making this Christmas!

Gingerbread

This is the classic Christmas cookie! I love these, but I know there are a lot of people who don’t. I know that my little siblings mainly like cutting them out and decorating them!!

Snickerdoodles

I don’t really think of these as a Christmas cookie, but my brother really wanted them, and they are good!

Rice Crispies

I absolutely LOVE these, especially if they’re homemade! So yummy!!!

Shortbread

I love these too! They’re one of my favorite cookies: they’re just so buttery and delicious!!

Meringues

I made these a few times, and they’re really fun! I love the taste too: they kind of remind me of crunchy marshmallows like in Lucky Charm cereal! Also, you can do different colors in the piping bag, so this time, I think we’re going to do red and green! 😀

Snowball Cookies

I had these for the first time last year, and I really liked them! (By now, you’ve probably noticed I like most of these!!😅)

Thin Mints

These were my pick! I really like the ones from the store, although I haven’t made homemade ones yet. They look pretty easy though!

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Yum! I like that these aren’t just sweet, and that they are also crunchy!

Ritz Cookies

Like the previous cookies, I like that these are kind of salty too! But last year my sister and I made these and when we melted the chocolate and it was a mess! But they were good so…

Peppermint Bark

This isn’t one of the treats we planned on making, but it just sounds so fun and it’s really good! I hope I can make these!!!

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I hope you liked this post, even though it is kind of short and simple. I can’t believe it’s only two weeks until Christmas!!

What treats are you making this year? What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? I’d love to know in the comments!! ☺

My Christmas Decorations

Hi! I’m so glad you’re reading this today, because I’m going to be showing you guys some of my Christmas decorations!!!

I did a whole bunch of decorating on Sunday, and with the help of some of my siblings, I got all of the decorations out! We still haven’t put our tree out yet, but I’ll show you some of the other decor!!! 🎄

The Pictures! ⭐🎄⭐🎄⭐🎄⭐🎄

On our tv stand, we have a little nativity set and a little kit that made this display with the houses, which my siblings and I drew and painted last year!

Then, on one of the windowsills, we have a few little Christmas trees, and a little snowman, which my sister set up!
On our school table, we have a bigger nativity scene and a little Christmas tree! My little siblings arranged all the little animals inside, and we always wait until Christmas or Christmas Eve to but baby Jesus in the manger!
Here’s a better picture of the nativity scene!
Over our chalkboard, we have a big festive bow!
I know that it might be kind of hard to tell what it is, but it’s a kind of twine with tiny Christmas tree clothespins on them. We’re going to put all of out Christmas cards on them!
On another windowsill, we have a whole bunch of little wooden Christmas trees, as well as a small nativity set!
On our table, we have yet another nativity scene, this one with just white glass pieces! We also put an angel back there, and that clear Christmas tree on the right!
Then, I have this sign hanging on my door! I love the blue colors!!
In my room, at the corner of my collage, I have one of my little Christmas tree ornament decorations!
I even have this little Christmas bear on my shelf!
This isn’t really a decoration, but I wanted to share this little calendar I made with you guys! One night, I was just bored and started to make this! (I know it’s not the neatest, I didn’t have a ruler or anything!)

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Okay, well that’s all! I can’t believe it’s less than three weeks until Christmas! I hope we can get our tree up soon!

I hope you are having a good day, and I’ll see you on Saturday!!! Byeee!

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Christmas Joy Tag

Hello everyone! I know it’s Monday, and I usually post on Wednesdays and Saturdays, but I thought I would do an extra Monday post, because so many people hate Mondays, and I thought this would give some people some…joy!!! Hope you like it! ♡

Since it’s almost Christmas, I decided to create a Christmas tag/nomination! I hope you like it! Also, this is my first time making one of these, so I don’t know if it’s that good or if anyone else will really do it, but I thought it would be fun!

Rules

  • Thank whoever nominated you and add links to their blog and the creator’s blog
  • Answer the questions and you can add a few of your own if you want
  • Nominate anyone, or leave it at an open nomination
  • Spread the Christmas joy! ❤

Questions

  • Do you have any holiday traditions?
  • What’s your favorite part of Christmas?
  • What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?
  • What’s your favorite Christmas song?
  • What’s your favorite Christmas film?
  • What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

My answers!

1: Do you have any holiday traditions? My siblings and I get up really early (usually around four) and just go to the living room and talk about Christmas and stuff. Our parents made a rule that we couldn’t wake them up until five, so we always have to wait for a while before opening presents and everything.

2: What’s your favorite part of Christmas? I like spending time with family, and the whole story of the first Christmas.

3: What’s your favorite Christmas cookie? I don’t know if I can choose!! Gingerbread are always the classic cookies, but I also really love those snowball cookies and the peppermint ones!

4: What’s your favorite Christmas song?

I really like Silent Night, as well as The First Noel! They’re both such beautiful songs.

5: What’s your favorite Christmas film?

There are a lot, and I know I can’t pick only one! I like It’s a Wonderful Life, and even though I used to think it was boring, I like it now! I also like The Christmas Project, Christmas Carol, and Elf.

6: What’s your favorite Christmas memory?

I don’t really know if there is just one. I have so many! Every Christmas is such an beautiful time!

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So, if you want to do this, you can. This is my first time making one of these nomination things, so I don’t know if it’s good or not. But, I hope you have a good day!! Just less than three weeks until Christmas!!! 😁

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Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern: Heart

Here’s my second post for the day! It’s a heart Christmas tree ornament! I hope you like it! It is a very simple project!

Materials

  • Worsted weight yarn in any color
  • 5 mm crochet hook
  • Darning needle

Notes

  • This is a beginner pattern
  • The number in between the parentheses are the number of stitches you should have at the end of the row
  • The chains at the beginning of the rounds do not count as stitches
  • This pattern does not have a specific gauge

Stitches & Abbreviations

  • Ch — Chain
  • Sc — Single Crochet
  • St — Stitch
  • Sk — Skip
  • Sl st — Slip Stitch
  • Rep — Repeat
  • Tr — Treble Crochet
  • Dc — Double Crochet
  • Mc — Magic Circle

Instructions

Round one: Make a mc. Ch 2. Do 10 dc in the ring. Sl st to first st to join. Pull mc tight. (10)

Round two: Ch 2. Do 2 tr in each of the next 2 stitches. Do 2 dc in the next st. Do 2 sc in each of the next two sts. Ch 3. In each of the next two sts, do 2 sc. Do 2 dc in the next st. Do two tr in each of the next two sts. Sl st to the first st to join. (20)

Round three: Ch 1. * Do 2 sc in the next st. Do 1 in the next. Rep * around. (When you get to the ch 3 at the bottom, do 3 sc in that loop.) Sl st to the first st to join. Sl st in the mc, creating the top of the heart. Ch 10. Sl st back in the center. (33, excluding the ch 10 at the end.)

Fasten off. Weave in all ends, and you’re done!

It’s very simple. It just has three rounds, with basic stitches! I hope you liked it! Have a great weekend!

Crochet Christmas Tree Ornament Pattern: Christmas Tree

Hi everyone, welcome (or welcome back!) to Books and Hooks! How are you doing today? My post today is going to be a Christmas tree ornament!

I made this pattern up on November 25, just because I was bored, and it was my first time creating my own ornament pattern! Okay, I hope you like it!!

Also, I re-decorated my blog for winter/Christmas! It’s mostly just the snowflakes though.

Materials

  • Green, yellow, and brown worsted weight yarn
  • 3.5 mm crochet hook
  • Darning needle

Notes

  • This is a beginner pattern, but there are a few parts that can be a little tricky
  • The number in between the parentheses are the number of stitches you should have at the end of the row
  • The chain ones at the beginning of the rows do not count as stitches
  • This pattern does not have a specific gauge

Stitches & Abbreviations

  • Ch — Chain
  • Sc — Single Crochet
  • St — Stitch
  • Sk — Skip
  • Sl st — Slip Stitch
  • Rep — Repeat

Instructions

Make two

Ch 2.

Row 1: In the second stitch from the hook, do 3 sc. (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st. (3)

Row 3: Ch 1, turn. Do 2 sc in in the first st. Sc in each stitch until only one remains. Do 2 sc in the last st. (5)

Row 4: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each st. (5)

Row 5-10: Rep rows 3 and 4. You should end on a row 4. You should have 11 stitches at the end of row 10.

Row 11: Rep row 3. (13)

Row 12 & 13: Rep row 4. (13)

Row 14: Rep row 3. (15)

Row 15 & 16: Rep row 4. (15)

Fasten off.

Take your brown yarn, and counting from the edge you just fastened off at, attach the yarn in the seventh st. Ch 1. Sc in that stitch and the next two. (3)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each of the three stitches. (3)

Row 3: Rep row 2. (3)

Fasten off.

Attaching the two trees at the very top st, sl st into the top st with the yellow yarn. (Make sure you are going through both trees). Ch 15. Sl st back into the same st and then fasten off.

Getting your green yarn again, sl st into the same st you just did for the yellow yarn. Make sure you are going through both trees.

Sc down along both trees. Make sure you do one sc per row. When you get to the corner, do three sc. Keep single crocheting around the tree.

When you get to the trunk, change to brown yarn. Sc around the trunk, doing two sc in each edge.

Change back to the green yarn when you finish the trunk. Keep single crocheting around the tree. When you get back to the top, fasten off.

Weave in all the ends, and you’re done!

I hope you liked the pattern! I can’t believe it’s only three weeks until Christmas! I hope you are doing well! Bye! (I’ll be posting another pattern today as well!!)