Thursday, November 21, 2013

Looking Ahead And Quilting Gallery's Giveaway Blog Hop

As I was assembling my Christmas tree the other day I realized that although putting 1200 lights on a 7-1/2 foot tall tree is kind of insane, it is beautiful when it is done.  That is never the end of it though, then the ornaments need to be added.


And finished...


Then there is the tree skirt that needs to be completed (and I'm just sure it will be this year even if I put it under the tree on Christmas Eve).


There is the wall hanging that just needs to be quilted and bound...


And the pillows for the sofa.  :)  It seems I have no shortage of projects to finish, none of which need that much time, just a block of time, and hopefully there will be a few of those interspersed with all the other fun holiday activities (Christmas cards, parties, children's programs, church services, you get my drift).  And why do we do it all for one crazy month out of the year?  After working for hours on my tree the other day my husband asked if I minded if he took the next month off of work and just stayed home...because the house is always so cozy at Christmas.  That is enough reason for me.


Preview

To help you maybe start or finish a holiday project or find a completely new on for the new year I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Stitchin' It Up Quilt Shop.  To enter leave me a comment of what your favorite holiday activity is, if you are a scrooge, you can let me know that.  For a second entry you can let me know you are a follower of my blog.  The drawing will be held on November 27, at 8 a.m.  For the rest of the participants in the Quilter's Gallery Blog Hop Party go here.

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways

Thanks for visiting and Happy Stitching!!  --Kristen

208 comments:

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Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

I think I like the preparation of the holidays best - I can make a list and check it twice and re-write it and check it again! I love getting everything wrapped and ready and posted overseas. I love to bake too!!

Amy's Crafty Shenanigans said...

Yay I follow you through GFC. Super giveaway!!!

Leah said...

My favorite part is the decorating. I love to put the Christmas music on and put a little something in every room in the house.

Leah said...

I am a happy follower.

Tammy said...

I follow along via Bloglovin.

Tammy said...

I really dislike the holidays the older I get. It is a lot of work for me...So ech year I seem to cut back a little bit more...But last year I decided to do something different to spice things up and I decided I was going modern and started decorating with the blues and aqua colors. and It made Christmas fun for me again. And it motivated my sister to do the same but now she decorates in white and silver

Courtneysews said...

I love Decorating the tree. Thanks!!

Courtneysews said...

I follow you on Bloglovin. Thanks!

Linda said...

HAPPY TO FOLLOW>BLOG LOVIN'!

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Linda said...

HI,LOVE GETTING GIFTS+HOME READY FOR CHRISTMAS BEST>CHRISTMAS MUSIC,BAKING,SECRETS !
THANKS FOR SHARING!

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Chiska said...

My favorite thing is going and getting our tree. There's nothing more magical that being in the woods in winter.

Laurel said...

oh gosh i love how cozy the house is at christmastime too! i love the decorating, the baking, the gift wrapping, the nativities, etc... all of it!!

Laurel said...

i follow you through feedly

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I love decorating, baking, buying and wrapping gifts, listening to Christmas music, and.... well, I just love it all!!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Happy follower via Bloglovin!

Vicki H said...

I love the Christmas music and baking treats for the family.

Vicki H said...

I have been happily following via GFC.

Jeanie said...

I like visiting the gingerbread exhibit downtown with all of the great entries and bright lights. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jeanie said...

I'm a happy follower!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Hey Kristen...I love getting ready for Christmas; the shopping, wrapping and the little one's faces at the tree!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I have followed you for ever!! Thank you

Julie Kaye from KS said...

I love to decorate for Christmas. But I don't like carrying the 14 totes of decorations down the stairs and then back up. lol Your tree must really be something. Thanks for the opportunity.

Julie Kaye from KS said...

Happy to be a follower.

Madeleine said...

I love spending extra time with family. And I love how everyone usually seems a little more cheerful. :)

Lisa Marie said...

I like getting together with family. I also enjoy making gifts for them.

Kim M said...

I love getting together with family and friends. We're doing a big potluck dinner with friends this year and I can't wait!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I love the eggnog, the silly holiday movies, the music... all of it!

LittleHouseontheDairy said...

I follow on feedly

Ella said...

Sipping cocoa by a fire.

Heather said...

I love filling the stockings every year. No matter how old everyone is opening them on Christmas morning is the best part of the day!

oneenglishteacher said...

I love that its just a time for my family to all be together for an extended period of time.

beaquilter said...

I'm a follower

beaquilter said...

I try to have a danish Christmas every other year, we open presents on Christmas eve AFTER dinner, which is a pork roast with the crispy rind! potatoes, red cabbage and Rice pudding for dessert with chopped almonds and one WHOLE almond (all without the skin of course) whoever gets the whole almond has to keep it a secret until it's all eaten and then he/she gets a present. I've had aunts sneak me the almond under the table at dinner when I was little :)

charlotte said...

I love all the holiday crafting I get to do.

charlotte said...

I follow via bloglovin'.

Mom C said...

My favorite is getting together Christmas Eve, after dinner and cleanup, just sitting around and visiting. And family prayer. Thanks.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Frosted christmas cookies and mashed potatoes. It is the only time of year I indulge!

Jan Baker said...

I love shopping for the perfect gifts for everyone. I am on the lookout all year.

Margaret said...

I love to decorate the house in lights and with all my snowman thanks for sharing

Margaret said...

I am a follower via bloglovin

LethargicLass said...

I love coming up with the perfect gifts... I listen all year long and never forget a longing :)

LethargicLass said...

I am a new bloglovin' follower :)

Helen Percy Lystra said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday; I love making new things for the holiday and getting out the old ones... I love traditions.

Emily Breclaw said...

baking cookies with my kiddos!

Melissa @ Missouri Mel said...

I really love everything about it. Such a magical time. I've added your giveaway to my weekly link up.

barb said...

my favorite holiday thing to do is make quilts and donate them. babscorbitt@gmail.com

PK Sews said...

Ooh, your tree skirt looks like it's going to be delightful! What an heirloom! Thanks for sharing your projects and this giveaway! One of my favorite parts of the holidays is sewing gifts. I'm working on some quilted cosmetic bags right now and I'm going to make a quilt for my brother.

PK Sews said...

Ooh, your tree skirt looks like it's going to be delightful! What an heirloom! Thanks for sharing your projects and this giveaway! One of my favorite parts of the holidays is sewing gifts. I'm working on some quilted cosmetic bags right now and I'm going to make a quilt for my brother.

Maria said...

My favorite holiday activity is baking cookies - half a dozen different kinds, and of course sugar cookies! I do like making handmade gifts too, but I am always too ambitious! I understand about the tree - it used to take me three days to decorate mine!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

The family part is the best...then chocolate pie..:)

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm a follower.

Celtic Thistle said...

My favourite activity at this time of year is decorating the cake. My adult sons and their partners now join in and take great delight in trying to outdo each other in coming up with the best decoration!

Charlie and Wendy said...

Reading your blog makes me feel quite Christmasy! I think my favourite is having the house look Christmasy.

Charlie and Wendy said...

I am a happy follower!

Sandra said...

Love going around looking at the Christmas lights.

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Sandra said...

Already a follower via Bloglovin.

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Gill said...

I love Christmas baking!

Gill said...

I'm a GFC follower!

Fiesta said...

I love decorating and making the house look and smell like Christmas but I sure hate taking it all down!

Fiesta said...

I already follow on bloglovin

Lee said...

We always pop corn and get some coffee/tea and drive and look at all the holiday lights! Its relaxing and fun!

Lee said...

I am a new follower - bloglov'

DeborahGun said...

I love the Christmas eve carol service. Thanks for a great giveaway.

DeborahGun said...

I am a follower on Bloglovin!

Emily C said...

I like decorating and making ornaments.

Emily C said...

I follow on gfc and bloglovin.

Sewing Mom said...

We have a party with my dad's family on Christmas eve and do a white elephant gift exchange...always a riot! Thanks for a chance to win.

Sewing Mom said...

Following your blog with bloglovin.

Carla said...

I love to create things for the holidays. My family has now gone to home made gift exchanges and it is so much fun.

Carla said...

I thought I was a follower, but now I'm sure of it. Great giveaway...

Lori said...

lovely projects. I especially love your pillows as that is my daughters middle name.

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I especially like when the tree is up and the lights are strung on the house. New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. I am here for the party. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Debra Kay Neiman said...

I am a new follower on blog lovin. New quilter from Oklahoma, USA. I am here for the party. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Cindy said...

My favorite activity of the season is to decorate my house for the holidays. It's a lot of work, but it;s so pretty when it's done.

Diantha said...

I like baking, when my daughter is around to help.

JoyceLM said...

I enjoy baking (and eating) Christmas cookies. Thanks for the chance to win.

JoyceLM said...

I'm a follower with Bloglovin'. Thanks again.

barbara woods said...

family get togethers

barbara woods said...

follower

Sarah said...

following via bloglovin'

Sarah said...

I love our christmas eve get together with my family when Santa shows up and the kids get so excited :)

Jessica Pyykkonen said...

My favorite holiday activity would be spending time with family that I don't see often. Just sitting around enjoying desserts, coffee, and conversation by the fireplace while we try to ignore all of our crazy children and catch up on the past year!
This year we have a baby due mid January and won't be able to travel to home to my husband's family in MN... So I am trying to come up with fun traditions that we can do with our little family of 4 (almost 5).

Marion.einzig.art.ich said...

Ich mag die langen Abende bei Kerzenschein und natürlich auch das Plätzchenbacken.

Liebe Grüße aus Deutschland
Marion

legato1958 said...

I follow your blog by email!

Susie
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legato1958 said...

I love singing in our choir at church, with its preparations, the best.

susie
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Dawn Frisch said...

I just signed up to follow your blog through Bloglovin'!
Dawn
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Dawn Frisch said...

My favorite things about the holidays is listening to Christmas music and watching my family open their presents. The joy on their faces is priceless!
Dawn
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Sallie said...

Playing games as a family on Christmas Eve. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I'm a follower.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

I love thinking of things to put in the kids stockings and sneaking around getting things ready on Christmas Eve!

Lisa said...

I love to take the little kids in our family by the carload to drive through the Christmas lights in the park! I bring treats and we listen to Christmas music, sing,snack, and look at the lights! Thank you!

Lisa said...

I follow by GFC & Bloglovin

Joan H. said...

I love all the happiness and good will that is so evident during this season. I enjoy baking and making gifts for my family as well as taking part in special church activities.

Judi Duncan said...

I would have to say baking because I don't seem to make time for it any other time of the year!

Angie said...

I love having the candles lit, a fire in the woodstove, the tree lights all aglow, yummy cinnamon smells from the kitchen, and just BE there, caught up in the magic of it all. I follow you on Bloglovin'.

shawn said...

I will have to say shopping all the way!!!!
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Jane said...

I agree with your husband. I love the feel of the house after all of the decorating is done.

Jane said...

I am following you on bloglovin.

Chasli from Possum Trot, KY said...

I've got to make my GD who is in 1st grade a "Peacock" costume for her Christmas program at school...really a Peacock???? We've got some of the sparkly fabric and some other stuff but wish me luck...it will be unique and a first for me :)

Best wishes for a great Holiday

jmniffer said...

I like trimming the tree. So many memories in the ornaments we have for the tree. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

jmniffer said...

I am a follower.

Tami C said...

I'm following you on Bloglovin'.

Needled Mom said...

I love decorating my home.

Needled Mom said...

I am a follower.

Tami C said...

I love getting together with all of our family. That's about the only time during the year that we can all get together. We have a big dinner and then a white elephant gift exchange and like to see who has the silliest gift!

Susan said...

My favorite holiday activity is going to the Christmas Eve service. I used to be into decorating and baking and all that stuff until I became chronically ill. Now, I just enjoy the beauty of the season and being with family and friends.

Christine S said...

I love the feeling you get when the tree is up, that first night, the glow when the lights are off :)

Lisa in Port Hope said...

I love putting up the tree and decorations. And baking. My daughter loves making gingerbread cookies, so last year I had to hide the molasses (which has a picture of a gingerbread man), so she wouldn't keep asking!

Sewgirl said...

I don't know if it's the shopping or the baking that I like most. There are so many little nuances that make the whole holiday what it is. Have a great holiday season yourself, thanks for sharing!

Pink Scissors Design said...

Sewing Jesse Tree Ornaments and baking Christmas cookies!

See my Jesse Tree Ornaments here: http://etsy.me/1gGUUAZ

Deborah
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Pink Scissors Design on Etsy

Michele said...

I love the most picking out that special new ornament for each of my kids to add to their collections. Thanks for the chance to win.

Dorian said...

I love to bake, so making Christmas goodies is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. Thanks for a great giveaway.

tpott said...

I'm a follower through GFC! Happy Thanksgiving! ;-> Toni Anne

tpott said...

I love spending the day trashing the kitchen making cookies, truffles, Candy and fudge. I start when I get back from putting my son on the bus. When he gets home I'm finished everything is cleaned up and the kitchen table is covered with filled decorated plates ready to be delivered. I like to do it all in 1 day by myself, I wash and clean as I go, it works out great, most of the time. ;-> Toni Anne

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

Well, aside from the meal and giving/opening presents, I love our tradition of my husband making eggnog with the kids. svonfumetti(at)yahoo(dot)com

Samantha Butrim said...

I love to take my niece and nephew to see the Christmas Train Garden. Thanks for the chance to win.

Samantha Butrim said...

I am following on bloglovin.

Sowing Stitches said...

I love stargazing on Christmas Eve!!

Charlene McCullough said...

After the tree is up and decorated, I thoroughly love to sit in the quiet house in the dark and watch the lights on the tree. It's so peaceful. On another note I love baking for the Holidays, baking around 30 items. Thank you for the giveaway as I've already seen a couple patterns I like.

Charlene McCullough said...

New follower via e-mail and bloglovin

Kathy Boice said...

My favorite part is Christmas eve at Mom's with all of the family...about 50 of us! A yearly tradition since way back!! midwayfarms@hughes.net

Maria said...

Going to the farm to cut down the perfect tree! Thank you for the giveaway!

Lisa Cox said...

My favorite holiday activity is cooking! And then eating it, of course.
Thank you for the giveaway!

Catskill Quilter said...

I love the long, slow process of decorating the Christmas tree! I also enjoy sitting on our patio at night amid all of the outdoor Christmas decorations! (I live in Florida.) Good luck with all of your projects!

Catskill Quilter said...

I follow you with blog lovin.'

susan wheatley said...

I follow you via e-mail. I love watching people open the gifts I have given them.

Sue said...

I love decorating the outside. The first time you turn the lights on and see the full affect, it is amazing!

Sue said...

I am a follower of yours.

Judith said...

I like pretty much all of it--except the cooking. It wouldn't hurt my feelings at all if someone took over that task, but I don't see it happening any time soon. Thanks for the chance to win such a great giveaway.

Lisa E said...

My favorite activity is enjoying homemade Christmas cookies and hot chocolate with my family.

Leanne Parsons said...

Eating the cookie dough truffles I only make at Christmas! Good luck finding all your projects in time!

Michele T said...

I love driving around the town at night looking at the Christmas lights!!

Michele T said...

I follow you via GFC - thanks for the chance to win your sweet giveaway!!

annmarie said...

I like trimming the tree with Christmas music playing. It's never very big - 2 strings of lights so it's fun!

Janet said...

I'm a semi-scrooge. I just don't like too much fuss and bother. But I do love what a tree looks like after it is up and shining with lights and ornaments. So I guess we will put one up this year again. :)

Kim said...

I enjoy making my signature almond cookies that everyone in the family loves!

Kim said...

I am following via GFC

AlidaP said...

My favorite activity is eating chocolate and candies ;) thanks for the chance to win

AlidaP said...

And I am a new GFC follower. Thanks again

Laura said...

I like making cookies for the neighbors. (and eating a few too)

Karen said...

One of my favorite activities is taking pictures of our 8 grandchildren a few weeks before Christmas. All the kids a re dressed up and spend the day with us for pictures. It's such fun. Thanks for the great giveaway...

Tanya said...

I like doing 12 days of Christmas for random families in my neighborhood. Thanks for chance to win.

dcargill said...

My favorite holiday activity is shopping for the angels on the tree. It is for children who would otherwise have no Christmas.
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dcargill said...

I am a new follower via bloglovin.

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pippirose said...

I love making ornaments--from felt santas to crocheted snowflakes, painted baubles to quilted balls.
This year will be especially fun, after a couple of scroogish years, because our first grand-baby was born this summer.
:o)
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pippirose said...

I follow your blog via GFC.
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Rebeckah Austin said...

Craft day at grandmas :)

Susan said...

Decorating the house!

Nanbon44 said...

follow with GFC

Nanbon44 said...

fave activity is decorating gingerbread houses with my grand children.. I bake and assemble 15 houses and when the kids come over they have so much fun adding the candies.. or maybe it is eating the candies as I always seem to run out somehow...

Kat said...

My fav part of the holidays is cooking! In the kitchen with family :)

Kathy said...

I love decorating for the holidays but baking for them is a close second.

Kathy said...

I follow you via bloglovin. Thanks for the extra chance : )

KT said...

I like all the family time. I love when everyone is together.

Jean said...

Hanging out with the grand kids, playing games, cooking up wonderful goodies.

needle and nest said...

I really love baking sugar cookies with my kids... and letting them sneak bites of dough just like my mom did when I was a girl. Thanks for the chance to win !!

jrt14 said...

I love putting up the tree. I also like thousands of lights on my tree - the more the better! My husband is a just along the tips lighter, so doing the lights is my job and then every helps with the rest of the decorating.

jrt14 said...

I am following your blog with feedly.

Tamie said...

My favorite holiday activity is shopping for our church's charity angels. Thank you for participating in the blog hop.

Tamie said...

I'm following through Bloglovin.

Cecilia said...

I enjoy decorating the house and watching my grandchildren get excited about Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

judy l said...

hard question. I think my favorite part is making and decorating the house.

Angelia Lanouette said...

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is decorating. Even though I decorate with a lot of snowmen, the house still has a warm and cozy feel. I also love having both my boys home and spending time with them. Thank you for sharing! anglanouette at gmail dot com

Debra Lee said...

Scrooge here!

Debra Lee said...

I follow by GFC!

Peggy said...

I enjoy being with family during the holidays - eating lots of goodies and giving/getting gifts.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Peggy said...

I already follow via Bloglovin.
Thanks,
Peggy
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Tiffany said...

I love to trim the tree!

Cheryl said...

I love decorating the mantel for Christmas and all the other holidays too!

dcFfLy80wJbYSTL0EVonGf_lvA-- said...

My favorite Christmas Activity is baking cookies at someone else's house so I don't have to clean up. ll_gee at hotmail dot com

Beth Strand said...

My favorite activity at Christmas is finding or making that "just right" gift for the people I love! Thanks for hosting. pbstrand@msn.com

Rhonda D. said...

Wonderful giveaway! I like to make Christmas/Thanksgiving cookies with my family: sisters, SIL, kids, grand
kids, nieces, etc. One big happy party! Thanks for the chance to win!

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Rhonda D. said...

I follow through Bloglovin!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Carolyn said...

I love wrapping the gifts that I have made. Thank you for a chance to win your super giveaway.

Carolyn said...

I have followed you for a while with GFC.

Lisa said...

I love watching my children open their Christmas!

Will Cook for Shoes said...

My holiday activity is definitely making gifts for friends and family. :)

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Dresden Quilter said...

I like getting Hot Chocolate and going for a drive to see the Christmas lights. Thanks for the giveaway.

Beth said...

I love all the little traditions - decorating, church services, making gingerbread houses . . .

Beth said...

I follow with bloglovin

Kathy L said...

I enjoy getting together with family. Thanks for the giveaway.

Karrie S said...

I like being with my family :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Karrie S said...

i already follow gfc-karrie smith ksmith8@emich.edu

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I love sitting by the lights of the tree and thinking quiet thoughts in between the happy hustle bustle of activities. It's a nice time to reflect! Thanks for your giveaway.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I'm a follower via Feedly!

LA Paylor said...

I like Christmas trees full of ornaments and lights.
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leeannaquilts@gmail.com
lapaylor.blogspot.com

Sally Farris said...

I love baking cookies, especially with my grown daughters or my 5 year old grandson, because it is so full of generations worth of memories from Christmases past.

jackie vernon said...

The time I spend with my family and friends making the preparations for the holidays, whether it be making our shopping lists, shopping, cooking, or decorating the tree, its the time together that means the most. Jackie

Sarah J. said...

I'm kind of a Scrooge but I like experiencing Xmas through my young kids. They make me have to have fun. Thanks!

neg said...

I love the chance to have all my kids at home again! thanks for sharing your talent

Deb said...

My favorite is our Trim-the-Tree party on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. We have orange danish rolls, hot chocolate and/or hot apple cider...always so much fun!

Bonnie58 said...

I love mas dinner. Thanks so much for sharing

Sheffield Beehive said...

I always make a bazillion cookies to take home for Christmas. Using my aunt's sugar cookie recipe and making my mom's and my kids' favorite cookies always makes me happy. And when I set the cookies down the table, my family is quite happy too!

Teresa Van de Castle said...

This is my first Blog Hop. I love waiting for the stuff I ordered to give away. It's like having Christmas before I even send out the gifts! I have a big box in the corner of my dining room full of stuff to wrap and send!

Patricia said...

I enjoy the part when all the shopping and cleaning is DONE. I also enjoy making gifts when I have the time.

Deb said...

I love being with my family for Christmas. We don't decorate much anymore because we travel to be with our son and his family. We have also really cut down on presents realizing that there is little any of us need. WE try to be more intentional about time spent and memories made. Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

Deb said...

I follow via GFC.

floridamissy said...

I love decorating outside so everyone can enjoy. I love to put an extra special design tough to my wrapping also.

kbo said...

Traveling to cut and find a Blue Spruce tree is what I enjoy most out of all our holiday traditions.

Carmen N said...

I love taking a vacation day (I need more than one at this point), getting up early and baking all day long!

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