Today, we went out to enjoy a mid-afternoon performance of A Christmas Carol by Kansas City Repertory Theatre. It was a wonderful production and Philippe and I both left completely filled with the holiday spirit. Though I was giddy before, I’m now officially losing my mind in precisely the same way I did as a kid. That said, there’s still much to do before Christmas Eve arrives in just one week from tomorrow. (wow… that went by fast!). I’m missing a few little gifts that I’ll have to hurry up and purchase so they’ll arrive in time. In answer to today’s prompt, I opted for an ornament reflecting the fireplace I wish we had for this doodlewash. Ours is just a black box with dark gray tile surrounding it, rather than the brick and stone fireplace I had when I was a kid. So, I made that version instead and then placed Phineas curling up in front of it, which does indeed happen often this time of year. He loves the warmth, and I enjoy the warmth my heart feels when seeing him there, resting peacefully and snoring lightly. Those little cozy moments are what make this season so magical. As the lights gently flicker on the tree and everything is cast into a beautiful glow, I’m just thrilled by the love I feel in each and every moment this time of year!
Tonight, Philippe and I are dashing through the holiday tunes on Spotify, choosing the various Christmas songs we like best. The absolute best album we enjoy each and every year is Christmas With The Puppini Sisters, an album I thoroughly recommend! The tunes are gleeful and fun and I would defy anyone to resist smiling while listening to them. As we are listening to them now, we’re enjoying a bit of baguette and fondu, so it’s a rather beautiful evening indeed. That’s not our dinner, by the way, but just an appetizer. Though, we’ve just finished it and I’m rather fuller than I anticipated. That seems to happen all of the time during the season. The food is my favorite part, but I always manage to overindulge in it. Restraint is a curse word when it comes to the holidays. There’s a naughty bit of excess that comes with all of that nice. And that’s the part that I secretly enjoy most. So much of the year is spent with a practical mindset, so having just a few days to go a little nuts is a fitting reward. And no matter what holiday you personally celebrate, I hope it comes with equal loads of joy and good cheer.
I’d like to believe that I’m the sort of person that always embraces the spirit of the holidays. But each and every year, I’m reminded that there’s always more to give and more to love. Those glittering lights shine on all of the things I appreciate most in life during this time of year and remind me of what truly matters most. There’s a huge world out there with tons of things happening every single second. But it’s the seconds spent in our own tiny worlds that make for the most beautiful moments. It’s in this little orb of life that the most incredible memories are made, burning their imprint on our hearts. As I look back on my life, you’ll often find me telling stories of those silly simple moments. That’s because those times are the ones that I remember most clearly. I’ve done a lot of things in life, but I’m continually amazed at how even the most notable accomplishments fail to obscure those little things that happen each and every day. And, as we enjoy the tunes of the season with candles burning, eating perfectly fabulous food, I wish you all a very cozy happy holiday.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Azo Yellow, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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