Merry And Bright

For our prompt of “Bows” today, I chose a single gold bow. Each year, this is the type of bow I use to mark Philippe’s last gift that I’ll give him on Christmas Eve. And tomorrow is almost here! I’m super excited, but it’s also a bit bittersweet as the sooner it arrives the sooner it will all be over. This bow is actually underneath our tree on the gift in question already. After I wrapped this particular gift, I didn’t want to jam it back into my closet. There are actually two gifts for Philippe and three more hidden behind them. He prefers it when all of the gifts appear moments before like when he was a kid. His parents would tell him to hide in the other room because Santa was coming and when he came out the gifts would have magically appeared. So, there are not yet gifts for me under the tree yet, simply because Santa hasn’t arrived yet. I also have it under good authority that Santa has not even started wrapping them. But, I’m sure my gifts will still arrive in time, decked out in shiny holiday bows and ready for an evening filled with little surprises.

Each evening, we’ve been trying to watch some sort of holiday show or movie. After watching several, we’re quickly running out of things that can hold our attention. We’ve already made it through most of the classics. Last night we stopped two movies part of the way through as they just weren’t doing it for us. Instead we decided to get caught up on the latest episode of the Star Wars show Mandalorian on Disney Plus. Yeah, this is the one with the baby Yoda that’s been breaking the Internet. Unfortunately, that’s really the best part as the show lacks a strong story or well, any real discernible plot line, so it’s just a game of playing spot the baby Yoda between random space fights. Which, actually keeps the whole thing a touch entertaining, but it’s still a bit of a slog. Certainly not a holiday theme, of course, so we’ll be trying again to find something more festive evening. Or if that doesn’t work, just light all the candles and listen to Christmas music.

In truth, it doesn’t matter what we do during this time of year. There’s always such a festive feeling hanging in the air. Sure, when all of the bows start to sparkle on those gifts tomorrow it will be a lovely sight indeed, and my inner child will totally lose his mind. But, there’s so much more. It’s just a feeling really. A reminder that Philippe and I are in this life together and we’re already living the best gift of all, each and every day. So, even as we wait to see if we get the things we want this Christmas, we know we already have everything we need. And, that’s a really wonderful feeling indeed. It’s one I didn’t quite fully understand all of those years ago when I was Little Charlie. Back then I was waiting for the magic to happen. But, it was always already there. Looking back on all of the Christmases past and thrilled for all of the ones to come, I have no idea what will actually happen next. But there’s one thing I know for certain. When there’s love in the air, every day is merry and bright.

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30 Comments
  1. louiseaprimeau 4 months ago

    Merry Christmas…Joyeux Noël Charlie! 🎄🎄🎄

  2. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Fantastic bow Charlie! Enjoy your time together! I had a pleasant surprise today. When I get home from the gym my husband was home and is off until Thursday morning. Nice surprise!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Oh wow! That’s wonderful! Hope you two have a very lovely break and happy holiday!

  3. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    Your bow is beautiful! While wrapping things up for hubby, I realized I didn’t have any ribbon or bows, so I grabbed some duck tape and made some. Not exactly beautiful, but it should bring a smile to hubby’s face – so my work is done! Have you watched Abominable? Not really a Christmas theme, but a very uplifting one and the soundtrack music is great.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 haha! Love your creativity in wrapping! That’s awesome! And yeah, we’ll have to check out Abominable… sounds fun!

  4. Sharon Nolfi 4 months ago

    Gorgeous, shiny bow! I hope Santa treats you well, Charlie. Merry Christmas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 4 months ago

    So shiny beautiful!!!! 🙂 I really love reading about your love story. its Beautiful!!! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Aww I’m so happy you’re enjoying my stories. I adore this cuddly time of year so much!

  6. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    Beautiful bow!!! Love hearing about your Christmas traditions! Merry Christmas Eve’ s eve! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕I’m soooo excited!! hehe!! Not much more time now!

  7. Priscilla DeConti 4 months ago

    Your stories are just sooo wonderful! Your childlike wonder is an inspiration ..Never lose that Charlie!
    And btw your bow is just lovely!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 I will remain childlike until the end. It’s really the best way to live happily!

  8. Lori C 4 months ago

    Very pretty bow! I love all the colored lines you id to give it dimension and sparkle. You know, you could make your Christmas season a little bit longer by opening your gifts ON Christmas. My husband one year suggested we open ours on Christmas Eve, let’s just say, he never made that suggestion again. I love the excitement when I first wake up….takes me back to being a kid!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… Yeah, but I love Philippe’s tradition of Christmas Eve, mostly because of all the food at the same time!! lol It makes for a fabulous evening, and then we get to sleep in. 😉 Bonus! Though there are stocking in the morning sooooo…. still more excitement to come!

  9. Lisa 4 months ago

    Joe and I watched Die Hard last night. I love that movie. It tickles me that it is considered a holiday movie. Tomorrow I’m thinking the original Grinch, and maybe Home Alone. We’ll see what the mood strikes. Of course after a dinner of shrimp scampi with pasta, we may both just fall into the nap zone and mid our way through Jimmy Stewart. Have a wonderful time tomorrow!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Yay to Die Hard! Oddest holiday classic we have today! I love it too! And I think falling asleep through that Jimmy Stewart movie is equally a classic tradition as well! Have a fabulous Christmas!! 😃💕

  10. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 months ago

    Thank you,Charlie, I was short a bow. Dang, I can’t seem to pick this one up!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! Yeah… this one is tough to grab! Glad you liked it! 😃💕

  11. Zertab Quaderi 4 months ago

    A lovely golden bow that reflects the magic of your life with Philippe! Merry Christmas to you three! I watched The Nutcracker movie this morning. Hope to be out of the town over the Christmas weekend. Cheers!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks, Zertab! 😃💕 Aww the Nutcracker movie is always a festive one! Hope you have a fabulous holiday my friend!

  12. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    That’s beautiful Charlie. I has a go at copying the bow on the list of prompts and was quite pleased with the result.

  13. Linda Murray 4 months ago

    Beautiful, Charlie! You sure have a knack for painting the shine on objects. Whether it’s a bow, a Christmas bulb, glassware, etc. you do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the wonderful posts and paintings! A very Merry Christmas to you and Philippe!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Painting shiny things is so fun! hehe And I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas!

  14. Jill Kuhn 4 months ago

    I like to guess what is wrapped and under the tree… and I am usually right! So not much gets put under our tree until Christmas Day! 😄🎄🎁 I agree with you, it is being together with those we love that makes Christmas special… Enjoy your day, Charlie! ❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      hehe! You have skills, Jill!! 😃💕I can never tell what Philippe’s come up with even when he finally puts something out under the tree. Soon though… he’ll have to add the others! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas my friend!

  15. smzang 4 months ago

    The wisest of wisdoms:

    Charlie said, “I have no idea what will actually happen next. But there’s one thing I know for certain. When there’s love in the air, every day is merry and bright.”

    Not a soul in this universe could rightly disagree!

    May all your days be Merry and Bright.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 And the same to you as well my friend!!

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