I choose the latter!
This one is 12 Red Robins, by Cinderberry Stitches:
The stitchery in the next one is from a free pattern by Gail Pan found here.
As I had already used a varigated red floss for my 12 red robins stitchery, I decided to give the DMC light effects thread in red a try. The result is a gorgeous sparkly stitchery, perfect for a Christmas themed project, but boy was it a pain in the #$%@ to stitch with!
And this one I didn't actually start until the beginning of January. As I was putting away our Christmas decorations I came accross a card, handmade by my Aunt a couple of years ago, which I had been keeping. I decided to finally pull her gorgeous cross-stitch out and frame it into a wall hanging. And I had the most perfect material in my stash to match her candy cane!