Let the magic of Christmas inspire your stitching with these 20 cross stitch patterns, blending the traditional style of France with a charming contemporary simplicity. Many of the designs include multiple scenes and motifs, offering you hundreds of components to use in a myriad of ways. The elements of a cross-stitched Christmas are all here: wintry scenes, Father Christmas, toys, sparkling decorations, and children enjoying the anticipation! Along with the patterns, enjoy instructions for projects to show off your stitchwork, like a Christmas stocking, a gorgeous Advent calendar, gift cards, and a holiday ABC sampler. Scattered throughout are spirit-inspiring activities and holiday lore, like what the real Santa Claus Village in Finland is like, how the department store window display tradition began, and a recipe for German Christmas cookies.