The back, on the other hand, is making me feel very calm and satisfied. Alternating strips of little green diamonds (Wrap it Up from Connecting Threads) and a cherry red with subtle yellow dashes (Morse Code from Connecting Threads) interspersed with the remaining charms from the swap make this a simple and understated celebration of the season (I think).
I briefly considered making this the front of my quilt, and putting a plain backing on it. Maybe using the busy top for a set of placemats or something. I decided to just go with what I have, and since this is a lap quilt, you will most likely see both sides often enough that the solid red and green theme on the "back" will anchor the all-over-the-map front. Anyhow, I like this design and will probably use it again in the future (though not for Christmas).