Edited to add: As of Twelfth Night (6 January 2010) this chart is no longer available as a freebie. It may return at some point as a chart for sale to raise money for the MS Trust
Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat ... Goose was the traditional Christmas dinner in times gone by. Geese would be driven in flocks to the nearest market, where they would be sold live. I'm not sure I'd want to have been a goose girl, geese are quite stubborn. They make very good guardians to a property too.Nottingham (UK) still has an annual Goose Fair, although I'm not sure you could pick up your Christmas dinner there any longer!
Holly is traditionally used in Christmas wreaths. My mum used to work for a florist and rose grower at peak seasons - midsummer and Christmas - and would make these, binding dried bracken to a cricular or cross shaped form, and then inserting sprigs of holly which had been wired up, before adding flowers and ribbon bows. Sometimes, the holly didn't have 'enough' berries, so fake ones were added. One year, I was with my mum as she worked one Saturday, and I started to wire up some berries. I did so many that they were still using these ones five years later (and still pulling my leg about it!)
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Edited to add: If you feel so inclined, a donation to the MS Trust for this chart would be appreciated. Pennies will do - and you can make payment via the link in my sidebar or by clicking here.
This pattern is offered for personal, non-commercial use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold on a small scale basis such as on Etsy or at craft sales. Sales for charity are positively encouraged! This pattern and the text and photos contained within, may not be copied or reproduced for any purpose other than personal use. Please direct people to this blog rather than forwarding the pattern, thank you! Copyright 2009 N M Wray