As The Season Ends

Arctic Fox Wearing Nordic Scarf Holiday Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Arctic Fox” today, I did a quick little sketch of one wearing a festive scarf. It feels like this month has zoomed by so quickly, but I always feel like that this time of year. My inner child is super giddy all month long with the excitement of the season and I don’t want it to ever end! Soon the Christmas tree will be coming down, but for now, it’s still shining brightly. Philippe and I like to leave the lights on until New Year’s day as we continue to celebrate all month long. Though we have new toys to play with this year, we’ve eaten all of the leftover special food that Philippe makes each holiday season. Last night we had the very last slice of Christmas cake and I’m quite certain I shed a small tear for that milestone. It’s my favorite, and I’ve not been able to talk him into making it on any other occasion. I keep suggesting Easter, and though he doesn’t seem opposed, it never actually happens. So, I’ll just have to wait another full year for the cake’s triumphant return. That’s probably why it tastes so good anyway. I hope all of you have had a wonderful holiday season and here’s to a wonderful New Year ahead!

Philippe and I have been playing with the various toys that we gave to each other for Christmas, which included games and Lego sets. My favorite gift from him, however, was a light blue Victrola suitcase record player. I had it on my wish list, but told him if he chose to get it for me then he would have to select the record to go with it. He selected two records that were perfect. The first was a Brenda Lee Christmas Album and the second was Dolly Parton’s Jolene album. I’m sure he was quite sick of listening to both of them the following day. But, I’ve loved listening to records again like when I was a kid. So much of our world has become so digital, yet analog always will always have my heart. Though I’m not sure if it’s his favorite gift, Philippe has been enjoying a Purple seat cushion that I bought him. It was for his office chair, but he’s been carrying it with him throughout the house so he can sit on it everywhere. We’re rather easily amused when it comes to gifts and it’s been a really fun few days. We don’t have to return to our day jobs until Tuesday so that makes the week really awesome!

Though giving and receiving gifts is always a lovely thing, that’s just a small portion of this wonderful time of year. I adore the special treats and wonderful dinner that Philippe makes for us as we enjoy it by candlelight and music. I love how the days become so much lazier and we get to spend them without the rush of deadlines and other adult responsibilities. We seem to smile and laugh just a bit more than any other time of year as the lights glitter in joyful agreement all around us. As much as I wish it would all last much longer, the fact that it’s just a single occasion makes it all the more special. Each night, before I turn off the lights I still pause to enjoy them for a few extra seconds. My heart is full of joy and that thrilling sense of anticipation that I felt all month long is what will propel me into the shiny New Year. But for now, I’m content with being lost in that childhood sense of wonder as I look with fresh eyes at a world that always sparkles a touch brighter as the season ends.

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23 Comments
  1. Zoie McIntyre 5 months ago

    I love being able to be the first one to tell you how much I love your painting! 🙂 That is the kid in me. Not only that but also to share that I find that this is the one time during the year to let go and relax and wouldn’t it be just perfect if every single day can be like that and .. why can’t it!?! Hugs to all of you and the very best of wishes for a fantastic 2022. A year filled with relaxation, joy, many creative moments and absolutely no stress!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Zoie! 😀💕 And yes! This time of year is proof that letting our inner child remind us to relax and have fun is something that definitely needs ot happen all year long! It’s where our most creative ideas happen too! Hope you have a fabulous New Year my friend!!

  2. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Sweet Arctic Fox, Charlie! Nice to hear about your lovely holidays; your stories always make me smile. Hope you have a most wonderful New Year!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😀💕 Hope you have a fabulous New Year!!

  3. Linda M. Gigliotti 5 months ago

    Charlie how perfect — I was looking for your site for your prompts and thought I bet if I look at the email I will find one from him. And here it is! Glad you had a great Christmas!! We have a dump of snow and very cold temps that will warm up in a couple days. Have a blessed 2022 and thank you for all you do!

    • Marisela Delgado 5 months ago

      Feliz Ano Nuevo, Linda! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed new year! 🎉🎉🎉

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😀💕 Yay! Glad my email came at just the right time. We’re getting colder here and may have snow on Saturday! hehe Hope you have a fantastic New Year!!

  4. Irene Hynes 5 months ago

    Love the eyes on the arctic fox. Your “doodles” are all wonderful!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Irene! 😀💕 So thrilled you enjoy my doodles!

  5. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    We’re snowed in. It would make most states laugh, but we’re seldom prepared for them in Oregon. I’m happy that hubby doesn’t have to go in to work. He’s insisted on dragging me out for a couple of meals but I much prefer to just sit and enjoy looking at it from the warmth and safety of my home!

    • Marisela Delgado 5 months ago

      Girl, did you not see Texas back in February with freezing temps and freak snow storm? The WHOLE.ENTIRE. WORLD. saw how unprepared we were to be snowed in. 😂😂😂 I thought of you yesterday because we went to Wal-Mart and my mom bought barras de coco. 😀 Feliz Ano Nuevo, Sandra, to you and your hubby. 🎉🎉🎉

      • Sandra Strait 5 months ago

        Feliz Ano Nuevo, Marisela! Yeah, I think Texas was even more unprepared than we were. – but you had more reason. We don’t get a lot of snow and ice, but we do get some most years.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Oh wow! Yeah… I agree… unless it’s been several days… I’m just content staying warm inside and enjoying the view of snow! hehe 😀💕 Stay warm!!

  6. Marisela Delgado 5 months ago

    Hola, mi amigo, Charlie! What a gorgeous little fox! Love it! 💜 Charlie, no wonder we are friends. Christmas is just so special and wonderful and magical. I get so excited and feel so hopeful about the Christmas season. I think my head is going to explode when I can decorate and celebrate in my own home. Like you, I never want to see it end. The house even looks blah when everything is put away. *sigh* It’s always wonderful to see it come around again, though. 😀 Charlie, I am on my way to your house with all of my records! 😂😂😂 I want a record player now! It’s so cute! I have my 45’s and I have Prince, Adam Ant, Culture Club, and my records from my childhood like Fred Flintstone and Cinderella. I even have my Menudo records! haha haha That record player is now on my wish list! 😀
    Charlie, I wish you and Philippe a very Happy New Year! I wish you a wondrous year full of fabulous blessings! I am really hopeful for this year to come, Charlie. It just has to be my year. It’s been a long haul, but I know that the Lord is faithful. I think about Mister Man and I get a rush of excitement at the idea of finally having my other half. Or as my mom says,”media naranja.” My other half of my orange. 😂😂😂 Feliz Ano Nuevo, mi amigo. My best to Philippe and Phineas. Fingers crossed for more cake. 🎂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😀💕 I agree… the house looks like we’ve been robbed after the decorations disappear! lol Totally blah! And, I didn’t have any records left, but my mom has them so she’s bringing some up in the spring when she visits. This will definitely be your year my friend! You’ll find your other half of that orange! hehe Much love to you and a very Happy New Year ahead!

  7. Gary Middleton 5 months ago

    Fantastic arctic fox, Charlie. I’m glad you’ve had a great Christmas.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😀💕 Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and have a very Happy New Year!

  8. Varsha Koli 5 months ago

    Fantastic fox!!

  9. Victoria Marie 5 months ago

    FYI, technically (for most Christians), the Christmas season isn’t over until January 6th (Feast of Epiphany) when the Wise Men came. So you can enjoy your tree and the Season for a little longer.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Victoria! 😀💕 So true! There are many more days of Christmas left… even if my vacation doesn’t quite cover them all. hehe Hope you and yours had a fabulous Christmas and here’s to a wonderful New Year ahead!

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