Merry Christmas

Church was very meaningful this morning – makes me so thankful for the Baby Jesus!

I wanted to share another gorgeous Christmas tree in my friend Launa’s house in snowy Idaho and as she always says – off the grid.


I always visit the barn on Christmas Eve where everybody is sleeping and carols are playing on the radio. It reminds me of that first stable and it becomes a magical place one night a year.

Tomorrow I will post our pattern for January – it’s small and can be made in an evening! Be sure to tune in – everybody will want to make this 10″ x 12″ seasonal mini quilt.

Talk to you tomorrow!

42 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. Carol

    Beautiful photos, Mary. It’s my first quiet time since mid December, I think. I love the mood of your photos… all is calm, all is bright…
    Happy holiday wishes to you and all you love.

  2. Martha Engstler

    Dear Mary, you are a blessing to your blog followers. I often mention this to friends here in Pennsylvania what a treasure you are. It’s so much fun to be part of your extended family and be connected with so many other special ladies. Your blog is the first thing I look for. Thank you for the time you take to make this possible. Love your many pictures, thanks.
    Happy, healthy New Year to you and your followers.

  3. Donna McCormack

    Merry Christmas! Today brought back memories of growing up on a farm in KS. many, years ago. My parents always took us out to look for the Christmas Star and to the barn to see all the animals tucked in.
    I am now 89 years but can still remember the peace and love I felt. Simple things but so meaningful.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Donna McCormack – my annual trip to the barn on Christmas Eve is worth the trip — Christmas carols playing softly on the radio, chickens sleeping on the roost and goats chewing their cud while they sleep – I imagine this scene with a baby lying in fresh hay in a manger — it is a sacred moment for me.

  4. Karen Gaithet

    Merry Christmas Mary from warm & partly sunny Dallas, TX! Love seeing the barn pictures.

  5. Kathy Hanson

    Merry Christmas Mary – and to Rick as well. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year. Looking forward to seeing more of your animals, quilts, adventures and all of your blogs! You are a blessing to us all!!

  6. Bonnie McKee

    Merry Christmas Mary!
    Thank you for sharing lovely Christmas pictures! I’m always blessed and/or inspired!
    I’m also thankful for Baby Jesus!
    He is the reason for the season 🙂
    Christmas blessings to all!
    Bonnie in Oregon

  7. MaryLou

    We all need that peace and magic of your barn even if only for one night .
    Be still my heart – love it and Thank you for all you share… Blessing to you and hubby..

  8. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Merry Christmas Mary and Rick.
    Loved the photos of the barn: indeed magical for that one night!
    Best wishes,

  9. Kathy in western NY

    What peace and stillness in your barn. I loved the pictures.
    Blessings to you and your family and the sisterhood that this blog has given us.
    Oh and I got a new book to read in the new year. It’s a bio of growing up in an Italian American family, divorce, remarriage, life issues, etc , along with her recipes. It’s called Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Heather – I have thought of you dozens of times and wondered if you’re still in Ohio and if your house is finished and if the business is good! Please write me some details at Merry Christmas to Tony and all!

  10. Carolyn Boutilier

    thanks for sharing your barn pictures. I always went to our barn on Christmas Eve when we lived in Vermont. We had sheep & cattle. Enjoy your Christmas. Looking forward to your sew along quilts.
    Carolyn B Shenandoah Valley VA

  11. Rebecca

    Merry christmas Mary from north WA state. I feel blessed everytime I read your letters and see your wonderful pictures. Thanks for taking time out of your days to share your life with us all. May God Bless you in the New Year.

  12. Lois palmisano

    Hello to Mary and Connie and families and all my friends on your page!!! Lets do this again in 2019
    Great cheer for the holidays. Lois in omaha

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Lois Palmisano – yes! Let’s do this again in 2019! I so enjoy hearing from all of you!

  13. Beatrice knight

    Hi Mary,
    Merry Christmas and hope you have a blessed and healthy New Year!!!
    Thankyou for all the patterns you give us, it’s so much fun!
    Bea knight

  14. Vicki in Seattle

    Mary, I grew up in Iowa and love reading your blog!
    Many thanks for sharing your adventures with us.
    Wishing you a very “Merry Christmas” and a healthy and Happy 2019!🎄

  15. Felicia Hamlin

    A Blessed and Merry Christmas. May His blessings be yours all thru the year. Big hugs.

  16. Cindy K.

    Merry Christmas! I feel we should add a line to the song 12 days of Christmas -a goat with a broken horn. Thank you Mary for a year of beautiful pictures.

  17. Jane Dumler

    Wishing you and Rick a blessed Christmas. What a special place your barn is. Love the peaceful pictures. Thank you, Mary fir all you do for us.

  18. Sharon Ernst

    Merry Christmas, Mary! You are so right — it’s a beautiful time for all of us to believe and be thankful for the baby Jesus. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! ♥️🎄♥️🎄♥️

  19. Carrolyn V


    Your barn visit is sublime! So peaceful! You are such a plus in my life! I know we would be friends if we lived close! My love to you and yours during this holiday time.

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Carolyn V – I know we would be friends as well! Looking forward to BB season in full swing!

  20. marie

    Merry Christmas to you and Rick and all the farm animals. Thanks for all you do for the blogging world. Can’t wait to see the new pattern——a start for next year (hope)

  21. Cheryl from St Paul

    Merry Christmas! My dad always gave our livestock extra feed on Christmas. That’s one of many memories I cherish from growing up on an IA farm

  22. Janice Hebert

    Merry Christmas! These barn pictures are so peaceful. I think it would be my favorite place to visit on Christmas Eve as well. We spent it with our grandchildren – six in all! It was chaotic but fun and today will be a quiet day. We will visit our other daughter and her husband over the weekend. Something to look forward to! Can’t wait to see the new pattern! Yikes, you keep us busy Mary! Enjoy the holiday with Rick and your pups. Jan in MA where there is no snow.

  23. Chris Harrington

    Merry Christmas, Mary! I so appreciate your posts and this Christmas one is particularly meaningful. Hope you have a blessed day!

  24. Becky from TX

    Love your posting of the barn….I wouldn’t want to leave….so warm and cozy. There you couldn’t get any closer to the Birth of Baby Jesus.
    Merry Christmas Mary to you and Rick!

  25. Betty P. Cain

    Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year in advance – Hope for the best year…Enjoy yourself.

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