I have always gone a bit overboard on decorating. When my son was young, our Christmas started when we went to a nearby tree farm to get our perfect spruce or pine. We would take the dog and a toboggan as well as a small saw and walk around and around the area until we spotted the right one. Richard would cut it down while I took a photo. When we got back home, we would have hot cocoa before getting our prize in its stand ready for decorating.
One year I was so busy that it got later and later into the season and we still hadn't got the tree. I had two jobs at the time plus various other commitments and I just couldn't find a day to do it. Finally, my son, who was in his mid teens by then, told me that he didn't mind if we dropped the tradition. I got an artificial tree that year-second hand, if I remember correctly, and we didn't go again. I missed it though and when I see the ads for tree farms on television I still think of the fun we had. In my mind, it was that giant leap from him being a child to an adult.
I have a free pattern for you today as an early Christmas gift. I saw a photo of a floor tile and drew it up in EQ so it isn't an original. I think, however, it is a fun pattern and hope you enjoy making it.
It will be on my web site as well as the Free Pattern page of this blog. Here is a photo of a sample layout to pique your curiosity.