We hope you like our Christmas Church cross stitch pattern. This lovely little stone cross stitch church is typical of those found all over the British Isles and makes an ideal Christmas card to send to your family and friends, particularly if they live in the UK or have English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish ancestry.
Available to download instantly in PDF format, our Christmas Church cross stitch pattern is high quality featuring color and black and white symbol blocks as well as thread recommendations. They are created by our young in- house designer.
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Christmas in the UK is a special time of year. Our village church has brightly colored glass in the windows which tell bible stories and there’s a warm welcome inside after the congregation has braved the snow to get to the carol service.
Outside there is a festive tree with a golden star and another bright star in the sky shines light on the scene. The shading on the snow and on the building adds depth to the picture.
You could either stick the finished Christmas Church cross stitch design onto a blank card or get some aperture cards from your local craft shop and then add some sparkly words like Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday, using stencils or peel off lettering. Instead of outlining the church in black thread you could use glitter or holographic thread from Madeira, Gutermann or Glitter Superior Threads.
Attending church is very much a tradition in the United Kingdom in the run-up to Christmas. Villages have Christingle services for children in which a candle is placed into an orange and then lit, symbolising the light of the world and then there are carol services both in church and halls across the country.
Our Christmas Church cross stitch reflects the festive season
On Christmas Eve the state broadcaster features a service of lessons from the bible and well known carols and it’s become a very popular part of the run-up to the big day to listen to it while finishing the arrangements at home.
Many Christian religions, including Church of England and Roman Catholic enjoy midnight mass at which time the congregation sing carols. Nearly all churches have nativity scenes and the baby Jesus is usually put into the manger just after midnight.
Some families also like to go to church on Christmas morning after which they eat a traditional turkey or goose lunch followed by Christmas pudding in which silver coins have been hidden. In the past these were silver sixpences or threepenny bits.
Later in the day, families settle down around the TV set to watch the Queen’s speech. She usually gives a round-up of the nation’s life over the year, including pictures of her special family events.
After that it’s time for tea and a large piece of Christmas cake which has been made some weeks earlier and filled with cherries and candied fruit as well as drenched in whisky or brandy. It’s topped with marzipan and white icing and decorated with plastic holly or small decorations like churches and ice skating scenes.
If you’re from one of the Eastern European countries like Ukraine, but live in the UK or the US, you’re lucky enough to celebrate two Christmases, one on December 25 and the other seven days later, on January 7.