Gingerbread Cookies

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 19 - Gingerbread Cookies - Doodlewash

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.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 19 - Gingerbread Cookies - Doodlewash

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Does Phineas get surprise gifts too? Maybe the empty boxes – he’d probably like them as much as anything else you’d get him, lol! I love reading about your enthusiasm for the holiday. I wish everyone was that way. It would be much more fun shopping. Love your shiny ornaments and your gingerbread cookies!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Phineas usually gets a little something, but as a mature dog he’s moved past toys and requests only edible treats! lol

  2. June Hadaway 5 years ago

    A lot of glisten and some delicious gingerbread cookies along with another wonderful story. Thank you.

  3. Teri Casper 5 years ago

    I like your choice for making an interesting composition. And a beautiful shiny painting.

  4. Pamela Smith 5 years ago

    The anticipation of giving the perfect gift,the smile ,the hugs,the thank you,,I love giving gifts..and I do like getting them too.😊 thank you for the story and I like the Christmas ginger cookies with the ornaments,it’s like you are eating them while decorating the tree…

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Pamela! 😃💕 I wish we had been eating them… we didn’t have any! Would have been awesome!

  5. Jodi 5 years ago

    beautiful – and isn’t the anticipation wonderful. Though I just cannot wait until Friday and this week feels like it is dragging. Friday till Jan 2 I will be holidaying! Yahoo!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yay!! Awesome, Jodi!! 😃💕 I started my break today a couple days early… and off until Jan. 3! So excited!! hehe

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    The lasting glow is most wonderful. But I love gingerbread cookies, cake, and tea loaves – yummy!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah… I can really have gingerbread just about anything! YUM!!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    All the items are painted with care, in the hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there!

  8. Rod Fletcher 5 years ago

    I love the lustre on your bauble, and the warmth of your words.

  9. Lisa 5 years ago

    I remembered at the last moment before my hubs went to the store to add sugar to the list. Because what are the holidays without a sweet treat or two.☺

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… so true! I just picked up the sugar today actually! Yay!! 😃💕

  10. Beautiful! I feel that you’re counting down the days until Christmas 🙂 (it’s same here!)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Violeta! 😃💕 I am!! I resisted the urge to put a countdown in the sidebar! 😊lol

  11. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Nice gingerbread cookies! Ah, gingerbread houses. For many years I would make gingerbread houses for family, friends, and as fundraisers for different charities. One year I made 3 for our children’s school to raffle, but when I returned the next day, one of the roofs had caved in.( too much icing, or maybe too many candies?) So, after thinking about it for a while (after all, who wants a broken gingerbread house?) I added a sign: Under Construction. I think it was the first one chosen! lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 haha! I adore that story!! What a fun creative solve! Because really, how can there ever be too much icing?!! lol

  12. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    Like you, I’ve never actually made an actual gingerbread house, although I’ve probably crafted every possible other thing in the known universe, lol. Some day I’d love to try though. Have a lovely Christmas Charlie, your enthusiasm is infectious.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕 Yeah, I keep thinking that one day I’ll do the same. Seems like a missed life experience! hehe

  13. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    All though i have no idea of making these
    Lovely bakery’s but enjoying the stories of u.
    Charlie . thanks

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