For our prompt of “Candy Cane” today, I made a little sketch of a kitten stealing marshmallows from a mug of hot chocolate. Oh yes, with a couple of candy canes and a cookie included. This is the time of year where I turn into a little kitten and enthusiastically count down the days until Christmas. It’s the season when my inner child takes over and I’m just equal parts giddy and fascinated all of the time. Also, it’s definitely a time of year where I tend to sneak in a few extra sweet treats. Though I don’t typically eat candy canes on their own, I do love peppermint ice cream when it’s simply vanilla ice cream with bits of candy cane. It’s a perfect flavor for the holiday season! Though cold ice cream with a mint flavor tastes even colder than the regular version, so it would really be better suited for the summer months. I don’t eat very many sweets throughout the year, so it’s a wonderful treat. That’s just one of the many things that makes this time of year so beautifully unique and special!

Last night, I returned from visiting my family in Texas. It was so much fun to see them again and enjoy many of our seasonal traditions. We usually attend a local dinner theater, however, this year we skipped it and had food delivered rather than visiting our favorite restaurant. But, all of the other fun things remained. This past Sunday, we had a holiday dinner with lots and lots of sweet treats that my sister had baked. The rum balls are always my favorite, since they only appear in December. I tasted a little nibble of each treat, rather than commit to any one dessert and limit my caloric intake a bit. In the end, I likely barely had the equivalent of a slice of pie, but it was still a delightful experience. We watched Christmas movies and put together a couple of puzzles while catching up on everything that’s been happening in our lives. One of my nieces and her husband opened an axe throwing arena called “The Chooch.” I had never heard of such a thing, but we all tried it as a family and it was super fun! I managed to land a couple throws and nearly hit a bullseye, which felt like a huge win considering I’ve never been good at sports of any kind.

Our flight home actually landed early so we were able to retrieve our dog Phineas from the pet resort early as well. He’s never pleased with being pulled out of his daily routine, and sniffed his disapproval before showing a bit of excitement to see us once again. So, we’re all back home now and ready to enjoy the rest of the season. Philippe and I got caught up with all of the days of our Lego Advent calendars that we missed while we were gone as well. And my inner child is thrilling to every little moment of each tradition and every single twinkle of light. As a kid, I’d be wishing that Christmas would come more quickly. As an adult, I wish I could slow down time a bit to make every moment last a bit longer. Each sip of hot chocolate and each bite of cookie turns into an exciting event that feels a bit like magic. Though it’s icy and cold outside, my heart is warmed with love and gratitude. And, no matter how old I’m lucky enough to become, I know that I’ll always see the world through the eyes of a child, who simply can’t wait to experience the sparkling joy of holiday wonder.

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20 thoughts on “Holiday Wonder

  1. Hola, Charlie! How wonderful that your trip home was so lovely! And kudos on your willpower to watch your sweets! Throwing an axe sounds fun! It sounds like you had a wonderful visit! Any chicken fried chicken thrown in for good measure? So happy for you, Charlie. 💜
    You know, I have been doing a lot of gardening and one day it got breezy out of nowhere. I think it was your hug arriving from North Texas. 😂😂😂 Guess what? No more turf wars with the squirrels! No more ripped up plants or dirt flung everywhere. I can’t believe I didn’t tell you this. Or did I ??? I read online that you sprinkle cayenne pepper on your plants and IT WORKS!!! No more squirrels, Charlie! It’s been a month now and no furry friends. Yay!
    Sweet kitty! Happy for your trip and that you’re back with us! Stay warm, my friend.

    1. Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yep.. that was my hug for sure! 😉 And yay that your squirrel problem is fixed!! That’s awesome! Sadly… still no chicken fried chicken in the mix, but I’m not giving up hope. hehe… Philippe has a new air fryer so he’ll need to expand his horizons a bit. lol Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  2. I so love it too Charlie. You make me all happy and excited inside. So does being in a grocery store line up with kids – when they are still at the age when they are excited. Sometimes there is the discussion about Santa Claus and an incredulous look from the kids when I say that of course there is a Santa Claus. I just love the Christmas season and I’m so happy that you got to your family’s for a – more or less – traditional time. Now do you three get to enjoy a nice quiet cozy Christmas together?

    1. Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Hehe… yes… it’s so fun to see the looks on the faces of kids. I think my own looks like that all month long! lol And yes! The rest of the season we might see a couple of friends, but it’s mostly just our cozy trio and lots of quiet down time (well, and gifts, candles, sparkling lights and more! weeeeee!)

  3. Great doodle Charlie. I’m glad you had a great time with your family. We have our family round on Sunday. One of our daughters and her family are going to France for Christmas so we’re having our get together early.

  4. Hey Charlie,

    Merry Christmas in advance!! (In case I dont get to wish you for Christmas.) Im having to go back to the jungle today in a sort of emergency. Im not happy about it but I will keep reading & re-reading your posts. They make me really happy & hopeful. So I will hopefully see you here very soon again. But if I don’t get stable internet on the 25th, am sending you a big warm hug in advance….


    1. Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Sorry you have to return so soon to the jungle. Hope everything works out fine. I’m thrilled my posts make you happy… you deserve all the happiness in the world! And now that I post weekly, there’s only 3 more posts this month of me getting younger and younger, giddier and giddier… hehe… so I’ll be about 5 years old completely by the end of the month! Much love and big hugs my friend! ❤️

  5. So grateful to hear you made it out to see family! I know last year was hard to be away so it’s awesome to hear about this year’s congregating, sweet tasting, axe-throwing excitement! I bet there was hugging😉🤗 I met Marcelo at Da Vinci yesterday and I told him you and the World Watercolor and Doodlewash communities are how I found his very awesome family of Paints. The mention of your name was a big smile! Think we all feel like that!

    1. Thanks so much! 😃💕 It was SO good to be with family again this year. And, who knew axe throwing would be involved… thankfully my family gets along really well! lol And yay! Marcello is wonderful… so happy you met. It’s been so great to have made so many wonderful connections in this big crazy world!

    1. Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… I thought axe throwing would be a little intimidating, but there it’s very safe and about like darts. Though I’m way better at darts! lol Was just glad to land a couple of hits so I can say I’ve tried it properly.

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