Though I do love gingerbread cookies, they’re not often a very interesting painting subject. So, I’ve added bits of the holiday around a couple of cookies in answer to today’s prompt. I’m actually a huge fan of gingerbread in pretty much any form it comes in and would eat it all year long. But, like many delicious things, gingerbread is far more prevalent this time of year. As a kid, we would sometimes make “gingerbread houses” and I’m using quotes because these were usually made with graham cracker walls. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever made a little house out of gingerbread. It was more of a little craft project meant to distract us kids as the days leading up to Christmas made us a bit hyperactive and insane with anticipation. And admittedly, not much has changed for me even today. I still try to find little things to do to occupy my mind as the days seem to go slowly as we reach the big reveal. And I’m so excited to give Philippe his presents!
Sure, I’m also super excited to receive gifts as well. One can never say they only like giving gifts without getting on Santa’s naughty list. We all love getting something given with love! I’ve truly no idea what I’m getting this year and that’s even more fun. Philippe has dropped hints that he’s found something amazing, but nothing tangible enough to guess. And I, of course, wouldn’t want to guess it accurately as the surprise is the main event. As I’ve mentioned before, we usually have around ten different packages to open throughout the evening. These are not all of a high monetary value as that would be truly insane, but just little fun things that have a sort of sentimental value. Or yes, just something really stupidly silly that makes the other one smile. Most will be small as we don’t need a lot of extra stuff, but it’s the surprise that makes it all the more amazing. Like getting that raise that’s really only a cost of living increase, but somehow when it comes in an envelope, you feel like you’ve just won an Academy Award.
So as the clock ticks by each day, I subdue my enthusiasm as best I can and enjoy each moment. There’s not another time of year like this one and it’s rather nice that the pace seems to slow a bit in the days before. And once it’s over, the glow can still be felt for the entire week leading up to the glorious New Year. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would sled to the bottom of that large hill of snow. It was a thrilling trip on the way down and I then would slow to a crawl. I would always will my sled to go just a bit further before I had to climb back to the top of the hill. And even when it stopped, I would pause for a moment and enjoy the cold breeze and numb toes, combined with the afterglow that comes from a satisfying adventure. I’m thrilled for the days ahead and can’t wait to take the ride down that hill again. Perhaps, if I’m lucky, when I reach the bottom, I’ll get to enjoy a lovely cup of hot chocolate and some gingerbread cookies.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Yellow Ochre, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.