We got back home this afternoon, and I had a quick moment to make a little doodlewash of some holly for today’s prompt. While it was fun to visit family, it’s always nice to be back home again. Phineas was excited to see us when we picked him up from the pet resort. He’s not really tail wagger, as he likes to show a bit of restraint, but today, his tail and most of his butt were wagging happily when he saw us again. I titled this post with the first line from the song, “We Need A Little Christmas,” from the musical Mame. I can never remember all the words, but it’s such an earworm that, once I hear it, I’m singing and bungling my way through until I get to the bits I do remember. I’ve no idea if it’s one of my favorites, but it’s so memorable, it always jumps into my head this time of year. We have to wait until Saturday before we have time to get a tree and start decorating it, but I’m already excited and in the mood to begin!
Each year, Philippe and I get a couple important things to enjoy the month properly. The first is an advent calendar filled with chocolates and the second is a Lego City calendar for him and a Lego Star Wars calendar for me. We get them early, as apparently they’re also collector items, sell out fast, and the price nearly doubles by the time you get close to December. Each day this month, we put together our Lego for that day before dinner and then have a chocolate after dinner. Tonight, since we hadn’t started yet, we got to put together the first four little Lego bits, so that was extra fun. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll catch up on the chocolate, though, having eaten my way through Texas on our little break. I’m already feeling the need to do a little food detox so I’m prepared for the holiday treats ahead. Though, I’m really not good at showing any sort of restraint this time of year as my inner child nearly takes over entirely.
That said, I’m particularly excited for my new advent calendar as it’s from Germany and filled with different types of chocolate pralines, so there’s a lot more variety and the chocolates a bit larger. It’s in the shape of a rocking horse and is embarrassingly large, but I really wanted it. Thankfully, it was already 50% off, as the original price tag got the expected “Oh, la vache!” from Philippe (which roughly means, Holy Cow!, Crikey!, Sod It! Bugger It!… or an equally aghast combination of them all). At half the price, I won out and it’s sitting on the table now waiting to be enjoyed. I love getting little presents each day this month. It’s not the little treats themselves, but simply the element of surprise and the unwrapping. No matter what happened that day, I’m still giddy when I get a chance to see what’s coming next. And this weekend, in front of a crackling fire with maybe a bit of eggnog, while the dog curiously looks on, we’ll be putting up tree and lights, as we haul out the holly!
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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