Just One Kiss

Two Bunnies Rabbits Kissing Under Mistletoe Christmas Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Mistletoe” today, I ended up with a couple of bunnies meeting under the mistletoe for a holiday kiss. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe has been around for hundreds of years. Though, as is the case with many traditions like this, there’s no one definitive answer as to why or how it all began. I rather love these types of traditions, when something becomes a common story and the origin simply becomes a bit of mysterious trivia. Mistletoe is a sign of fertility so that could perhaps be the reason, and it’s certainly why I thought of bunnies first. This year, of course, is one of social distancing, so there likely won’t be as many kisses which is a bit sad. But I think that with each us creating virtual mistletoe in our drawings and paintings today that we can send a bit of love around the world. So, I’m sending virtual kisses to each and every one of you and I hope you’re finding the happy in each and every day this holiday season!

So most of you already know, but for those of you who may just be joining me here, I adore the month of December. My inner child starts to really come out at the start of the month and then he gleefully takes over day by day as the month progresses. This season more than any other makes me really feel like a kid again and I think sometimes that’s the greatest gift of all. While I celebrate Christmas, to be sure, it’s also the last month of the year and there’s something to celebrate in that alone. This year has been truly exceptional with the pandemic and many things have changed along the way. But one thing that, for me, is always constant is my extreme optimism and glittering sense of hope. We’re heading into a brand new year and it will definitely come with many improvements over this one. And though life won’t zip back to normal immediately, things will slowly but surely turn around for the better.

One blissful thing I had when I was a kid was that my parents had to worry about all of that adult stuff. Now, of course, I have to deal with all of that as well, but when my inner child is along for the ride, things just seem a bit happier. Though yeah, if it’s a bit of romance under the mistletoe with anything but cute furry animals that would have come with a big “ewww yuck!” when I was very little. It’s amazing how quickly that feeling turns into one that’s more positive. And these days, I do love to hug and yes, even kiss my closest friends. This is the one thing this year that I’ve missed the very most. I miss the physical intimacy we had before and that’s the one thing I’m most wishing will return. Of all of the things that disappeared this year, I now find myself looking forward to next Christmas as well. And while I may not be under the mistletoe, I’ll still be so incredibly happy with just one kiss.

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28 Comments
  1. Monica 4 months ago

    Such vibrant colors. Are you using the same first watercolor set your partner gave you?

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Monica! 😃💕 No, that was a beginner’s set, but I still have it as a keepsake!

  2. Lisa 4 months ago

    It was 54 degrees here today!! I went out and talked to the neighbors outside! That’s when I heard we might get a snowstorm this weekend! Crazy weather! When I was growing up I remember more snow and cold for much longer times. I’m perfectly happy with shorter winters.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yeah it’s been warmer here as well! I kind of like the cold when it gets close to Christmas, but that’s about it! hehe 😉

  3. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    There might not be as much kissing this year, but with lock-downs and working from home, I suspect 2021 will be a baby boomer year!

  4. writerleenda 4 months ago

    Charlie awww here is a kiss. There you go. Take care and keep enjoying the season!

  5. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Swett bunnies and the perfect critters for under the mistletoe. The thing I miss most is hugs…sigh. Hopefully we will be back to full hug protocols before too long. In the meantime I do appreciate all the virtual hugs going around these days.

  6. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    haha haha Mistletoe represents fertility so you thought of bunnies! haha haha Such cute bunnies! Your title “Just One Kiss” reminded me of the movie “Bye Bye Birdie.” They sing one song that sticks in my head every time. It’s called “One Last Kiss.” It’s my favorite part of the movie. 💜
    One of the things that I love about December (new tradition) is that the movie channel shows musicals all month long! Love that!
    Muchos besos para ti, Charlie! Que Dios te bendiga! 💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Hehe! Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Aww I was in that show back when I was acting on stage! I still love musicals!

  7. Zoie McIntyre 4 months ago

    So sweet. Thank you for such a lovely picture and message

  8. Pat Boglio 4 months ago

    lovely sentiment

  9. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Adorable Charlie! Today we lived inside a snow globe and it felt festive. We only got about an inch but at times it came down in big fluffy flakes and sparkled on the ground. We both stayed in and enjoyed the day.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Awww the big fluffy flakes are the best!! What a wonderful day!

  10. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    Right back at ya! I come from a huggy family and this year has been definitely a struggle. I too, try my best to be positive and look for the happy. It’s much easier. These bunnies are sweetly romantic. And of course I enjoyed the reflection in the ornament. Always one of my favorite part of your sketches.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, those hugs will be coming back sometimes next year! Lots to be hopeful for!

  11. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    Great doodle Charlie. We’ve missed hugs with our family.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, I think I miss the hugs most of all!

  12. Unique Tales 4 months ago

    Sweet 🐁

  13. shawnthompsonart 4 months ago

    Cute bunnies!!

  14. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Ahhhh, such sweet bunnies. We’ll get to hug and kiss again, but I suspect that a full return to whatever was going on before will not happen – and maybe that’s good thing.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, I think some of the changes will be good ones!

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