As usually happens while working on a large project, I developed that dreaded stitching enemy: boredom. To reawaken my interest, I did something I seldom do. I moved around, and cherry-picked areas to stitch. That's why Santa's mittens are so gorgeously purple. I stitched them in the giant diagonal mosaic. There were to be gold dots, but when I stitched them, they looked awful. So I did some same color purple French knots out of the #5 DMC perle cotton I had used for the mittens. They look nice and puffy like real mittens. Then I did the pink and gold checkerboard package in the foreground in a combination of Scotch stitch and continental. Next was that shiny green package stitched in high luster Balger. I also started the white of the house in a row of continental and slanted gobelin.
Feeling excited again, I completed the last of the snowflakes on the tree. Then I started the fire in the fireplace using silk lame braid in a combination of diagonal mosaic and continental stitch. I also stitched Santa's cap, using petite very velvet in the nobuko stitch. As usual when stitching velvet, I have to give myself time to rub the velvet fiber.