Today was a perfectly lazy day at my mom’s house in Texas. Outside, a rare snow has been falling all day, completing the holiday mood, as Mom, Philippe and I worked on this year’s puzzle. At 1,500 pieces, we’re making slow yet steady progress. The show Property Brothers was on TV in the background, apparently a marathon event, so I’m not quite sure how many homes were renovated during that time, but I think it was quite a few. Spending an entire day doing nothing much at all is a joyous experience and one of my favorite bits of the holiday season. I normally do a million things at once all of the time, but that tends to make each day feel like it’s rushing by. Today, however, has felt blissfully slow and wonderful.
Last night, we enjoyed a fun evening at my sister’s house. She had made her infamous rum balls, but had waited a bit too late to make them, so they didn’t have time to become quite as potent as last year. But, they were still delicious! We’re hoping the weather doesn’t hurt our plans to attend the dinner theatre this evening, but we’ll be waiting until the last moment to see if the show is cancelled. Our backup plan will be a pizza party where everyone brings a holiday movie of their choice and we’ll vote on which one we’ll all watch. So, either way, it will be a fun time. Knowing my family, it will be a game of picking the worst possible movie as a joke. My fingers are still crossed for the theatre, though, mostly because I love the bread pudding they serve for dessert. A silly thing to be sure, but I love the tradition.
In times like these, I wonder why I never make a little more space in my life to enjoy nothing much at all throughout the year. I get so caught up in everything I’m doing and all of the grand schemes I have planned, that I don’t often allow myself these little breaks from it all. This makes my watercolor time each day extra special. Though it’s not much time at all, it’s at least a little moment to pause and reflect on life. A special time where I can focus on something outside of chores and deadlines. It’s that briefest moment of piece in all of life’s chaos. And, as my inner child giggles gleefully during this wonderful time of year, I’m happy to have found a hobby that’s so emotionally rewarding. It always makes life a bit shinier and happier when I let myself enjoy something I’m passionate about. And, for just a moment each and every day, I can once again experience the fabulous feeling of a holiday state of mind.
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