As promised, Sam Sarah's Shining Star which is stitched on the called-for linen with the called-for colors with the exception of the variegated green used for the words. It called for DMC Camouflage which I couldn't find anywhere; I substituted GAST Forest Glade.
My family has always been big Christmas carol singers, though none of us has the voice for it. We're happy to do it anyway. (For a lot of us who can't carry a tune in a bucket, we happily don't hear ourselves that way.) One Christmas, we were bringing something to my aunt. I can't remember what or why four of us piled into the car to make the trip, but we started singing carols. Then we decided we should seranade my aunt, so we practiced three songs. When we got to her door and started singing, she freaked out. She didn't have anything to give these carolers (was she supposed to give them something, she wondered?) and they sounded too good to be anyone she knew. So we sang to her closed door for all three songs. Finally, we had to ring the doorbell and call out her name before she'd answer!