A very popular piece of holiday décor this time of year is that magical little wonder called a snow globe. Grab it and turn it flip it around or shake it and then set it back down again to watch the little snowflakes fall on whatever tiny little creature or scene that happens to be nestled inside. As a kid, snow globes were an endless fascination. It was like having my very own crystal ball. Well, it was a rather dull fortune-teller in that the scene inside never changed, but thanks to a bit of imagination this wasn’t a problem. Truthfully, the real magic was simply in the miniaturized scene inside. Whether it was an impossibly small Santa and reindeer or a complete winter village scene, it was equally amazing. I used to imagine myself shrunk down to the appropriate size, entering that little house or sliding down the tiny hill on my equally and impressively tiny sled. As an adult, when I pass by one in the store, I still can’t help but pick it up and shake it only to find that it still manages to thrill me.

I’m always amazed at the sheer number of snow globes available for sale in stores each year. Many are rather large, allowing for an even more elaborate scene inside. More impressive are the various collectors who have amassed shelves and shelves of the magical orbs. For our part, we just have a couple and they aren’t particularly impressive. I saw a truly amazing one a couple of years ago, but the price tag made me run screaming in the other direction and I didn’t purchase it. But I adore the idea of a perfect moment in time captured in a glass bubble. It’s just a fabulous concept. Freezing time at that perfect magical moment and preserving it for years and years. Sure, inside the snow globe, it’s a rather enchanted version of life made more so floating under glass, but the sense of wonder it creates is captivating.

This made me think about life’s actual wonderful moments. Those beautiful times, whether a lovely evening at home or on that amazing, unforgettable holiday, when everything seems perfect and you wish you could simply stay inside that memory forever. It made me reflect on my own snow globe moments. What are the times that I would choose to preserve inside my little glass bubble?  A surge of wonderful events, large and small, came flooding to my mind. It felt fantastic to recall them. I had to laugh at how silly and simple some of the moments seemed. But then I realized that I am indeed a collector after all. In my memory, I’ve shelves and shelves of beautiful memories. Each one captured there and waiting to be shaken back into my consciousness. Life is pretty wonderful. Each day, I’m thankful for all of those incredible moments I can relive and re-love once more, if I just take a little time to go inside the snow globe.

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Sennelier L’Aquarelle: Sennelier Red, Quinacridone Gold, Phthalo. Green Light, Ultramarine Deep and Payne’s Grey. Lamy Safari Al Star pen with Platinum Carbon with black ink in a little red cloth hardbound l’aquarelle journal I found in a Paris shop.
 Day 21 - Santa and Reindeer Snow Globe with red and gold base watercolor sketch

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18 thoughts on “Inside The Snow Globe

  1. You’ve captured all the magic and charm of a snow globe in your Doodlewash, Charlie – the lovely colors, the miniature world, all inside the glass dome. I love them too, and have a few inexpensive ones. Still, it’s your thoughtful story about snow globes and magical moments residing in our memories that really caught my attention. This is another of your observations that makes me realize how lucky I am to have my memories, caught in snow globes, photographs, and messages on cards, all saved to be savored. Shaken, not stirred.

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