Now we are in business!
After pawing through Leaflet Silo, I came across this one and thought, yep, this is it. It's festive enough for the 'holiday season', and yet it is not Santas, or christmas trees, or what have you. I love the way this one is turning out so far. If this color combination winds up being winner, winner chicken dinner, I will probably stitch the main design in these colors.
Here is what I have so far: