For today’s prompt of tree, my mind went to one captured inside a snow globe. Philippe and I had seen several snow globes while out shopping recently and I adore them. The large one I wanted was supposedly marked down, but was still too expensive. This one had a large Santa making out a naughty and nice list. His particular pose made him seem not only jolly, but perfectly drunk. It was amazing. But I had to leave that one behind, and instead made one with Phineas catching Santa Claus in the act of delivering gifts. I’ve no idea what Phineas would actually do were he to find a fat guy in a red and white velour suit lurking around our Christmas tree. But, I imagine he would approach it in stride, like he does everything in life. With just a few sniffs to express his disapproval and then catching himself quickly to stare Santa down with a questioning look that says, “what did you get for ME?!” I love snow globes because they attempt to capture a little precious moment of some kind. The glass dome is a spotlight on some magical miniature scene, frozen in time. The large and sturdy ones, like the one I saw in the store, are a bit difficult to shake and produce the snow effect. Those should really come with a button of some kind that would cause the snow to swirl around properly. But just peering into the glass and seeing a that little scene of wonder is enough for me.
Today, I finished most of my holiday shopping for Philippe. I’m not sure I was particularly inventive this year, but found some cute things I think he’ll enjoy. As I’ve mentioned before, we give each other a stack of gifts on Christmas Eve throughout the evening. After I purchased the two main gifts, however, the remaining budget dropped to almost nothing, so I guess I had to be rather inventive after all on the remaining gifts. To give you a better idea of how our crazy gift-giving works, last year one of my first gifts was simply three white gel pens. A lovely toy to play with indeed! And so simple, one would think I would thank him and set them aside. But no, I leapt out of my chair, rushed off to find some craft paper and spent the next 30 minutes doodling like a child. Philippe had to actually shout to get my attention so we could continue on with the evening’s festivities. I make no apologies for my behavior this time of year. Though I passionately recommend we always listen to our inner children, at the holidays, I joyously recommend we totally become them again! There’s nothing more fun than that!
Oh, and I just launched Episode 13 of my Sketching Stuff podcast, today which is all about those little lessons learned from childhood. I hope you’ll check it out and leave me a comment! For some reason this particular season seems to be rushing by all too quickly. As much as I’m excited for Monday’s festivities, I rather enjoy that feeling of time standing still. The bit filled with pure anticipation like I experienced as a kid. In those days, it seemed like an endless wait during December. And I adored every longing minute. Today, I’m unfortunately an adult and have a million things to do before the end of the week. This makes time rush by much faster than I would like. So, it’s nice to pause and paint an image frozen in time. A quickly doodled and imagined scene where my dog gets to meet Santa Claus, while I must assume Philippe and I are fast asleep, still dreaming of his arrival. Things won’t happen quite like this, of course, since Phineas sleeps far more than we do and the odds of him catching Santa are slim to none. But, I love to imagine that it could happen. This time of year, I love imagining all sorts of magical moments in a snow globe.
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