One Shiny Ornament

Christmas Ornament Gold Reflection Watercolor Painting

For our prompt of “Ornament” today, there were plenty to choose from on our tree, but my eye kept going to one of the simplest. This is just one of those plain gold glass ornaments, but when it reflects the tree, lights, and entire room it becomes rather magical. Today, Philippe and I went grocery shopping to get all of the things we need for our Christmas festivities. This included a trip to Trader Joe’s and they had my Harry & David pears! These are the pears that Philippe mocks me about each year because they are too expensive. By this point, I didn’t even ask and just grabbed a box. I told him they’re now certainly a tradition. We had one this afternoon and when he bit into the pear, I could see his eyes light up with joy. Then, of course, he shrugged and told me they’re good, but not that good. Another tradition fulfilled. As we were buying all of the groceries, the cashier smiled and mentioned something about a gathering. Little did she know, all of the food was just for the two of us. We’re off work all week and Philippe was worried we wouldn’t have enough food in the house. We’re now stocked and ready for both Santa and even the unfortunate occurrence of a nuclear disaster. But, as for me and my inner child, we’re perfectly thrilled for the coming days ahead!

We actually had quite a lot of errands to run today which made the day sail by much faster than I would have liked. As I once again count down the days until Christmas, I’m holding on to each and every moment as it all seems to disappear so quickly. That said, I have all of Philippe’s presents wrapped now and so I’m so also super excited to give them to him. In our house, the tree stays light and everything continues until the New Year, so it’s really Christmas month. And, I’m hoping for some fun toys to play with this year as that’s all that I put on my list. At my age, if I want something necessary, I’ll just go ahead and buy it. This is the time of year to request things I can’t quite justify buying for myself. But, as ever, Philippe is most excited about all of the things I didn’t request. He’s mentioned several times that he’s quite happy with his selections so I can’t wait to see what he came up with this year.

But as we were purchasing all of the things we need for our celebration, I remembered that the gifts really just become decorations. They’re not the main event, but make the event much more festive. Some of them are so inexpensive it’s almost silly. One year I got a three pack of white gel pens as one of my gifts. And, Philippe almost had to take them away from me so we could continue the evening as I immediately started sketching stuff. Yet, the real magic of Christmas Eve, for us, is just spending an entire evening slowly moving from one delightful little hors d’oeuvre to the next. All with just a warm glow of candlelight and love. Then, we do it once again on New Year’s Eve, heading to bed before midnight, as always, knowing the year will begin whether we’re there for it or not. Our traditions are nothing too extravagant, but they always bring me joy. And so, as another day goes by in this magical countdown of the season, I’m pausing to celebrate the beauty and simplicity of our life together, reflected in one shiny ornament.

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41 Comments
  1. Kathy Delumpa Allegri 11 months ago

    Ah, your Ornament reflects such beauty around you! I love your stories of your old and new Christmas traditions. I especially like how you slow down to savor each day and quiet evening to truly celebrate the season!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Kathy! 😃💕 So happy you’re enjoying my stories. I adore this time of year so much!

  2. Sandra Strait 11 months ago

    Your Christmas ornament is gorgeous! Beautiful reflections. And I can totally relate to being distracted by white gel pens. A good white gel pen is one of man’s greatest creations!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… white gel pens are so awesome! As are just about any new art supply! Fun!

  3. Mary Roff 11 months ago

    Beautiful, Charlie and what a magical week you have ahead!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope your week is magical as well!

  4. Karen Fortier 11 months ago

    On I love the reflections Charlie! Enjoy your time together!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Hope you’re enjoying the season!

  5. Laura Kate 11 months ago

    Nice writing and lovely sketch. Thank you.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Hope you’re having a wonderful season!

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 11 months ago

    The main event is always being with the people we love and all the rest is simply, as you put it, just decorations. That is one very pretty decoration, reflecting a bit of your home.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Yay to the main event, Sharon! 😃💕 Love this time to focus on the people we love most!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 11 months ago

    I love the reflection in your ornament! The shiny glass ball reminds me of the ornaments we had when I was a child.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕Yay! Glad them brought back childhood memories!

  8. Margaret Parker Brown 11 months ago

    Agreed, your ornament is gorgeous. I want to spend Christmas at your house. As much as I feel that my inner child is right there, my joy for Christmas is lacking. I need some of your attitude and joy. I told my husband how well you write. I can imagine myself curling up and reading your posts out loud to him. Sounds like you and Phillipe are the perfect match and every moment. Merry Christmas to you and Phillipe!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Margaret! 😃💕hehe! You’d me so welcome my friend! I’m sure I’d get your Christmas spirit revved up and going again! It’s quite impossible to be around Philippe and I at Christmas without feeling the magic again!

      • Margaret Parker Brown 11 months ago

        Hey today I baked cookies with my daughters today and survived and even shared childhood memories with them ❤️ yay me!!

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          Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

          Aww yay! Sounds like that Christmas spirit is coming back strong! ❤️

  9. Margaret Parker Brown 11 months ago

    *and enjoy every moment, my message got messed up somehow🌷

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Hehe… probably autocorrect… thankfully I have my own natural version, which works much better! 😉

  10. Zertab Quaderi 11 months ago

    A wonderful post, Charlie 😀. An amazing reflection there of a house full of love and warmth. Beautiful ornament!

  11. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 11 months ago

    Beautiful!!! and love the reflections!!! 🙂

  12. Lisa 11 months ago

    It all sounds awesome. I’m looking forward to hearing what you’re having for your main meal. We are doing garlic shrimp. I’m not locked into a side yet although angelhair spaghetti with a squeeze of lemon and capers would move us into the shrimp scampi territory which I like, so that may be it.

    I always love plain colored glass ornaments best. Nothing else multiples the lights like they do.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Sounds delicious! Love shrimp! We have lots of appetizers and then I’m not sure if Philippe even know what sides will go on the main plate this year! hehe

  13. Susan Feniak 11 months ago

    Outstanding 💖

  14. Gary Middleton 11 months ago

    Beautiful reflections.

  15. Linda Calverley 11 months ago

    Wonderful reflections in your bauble. I’d love some white gel pens for a gift too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks, Linda! 😃💕 White gel pens are really the perfect gift… so fun to play with!

  16. Jill Kuhn 11 months ago

    I like how your ornament reflects the magic of Christmas! 🎁🎄💚 Enjoy!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕Hope you have a very magical Christmas!

  17. Collette Hemmes Rock 11 months ago

    A lovely story a beautiful ornament you and Philippe have a lovely Christmas you are definitely in the spirit

  18. smzang 11 months ago

    I love that painting…It reflects ta world that’s embracing and peaceful.
    So perfect! I do adore it!

    I wrote that comment before I read your wonderful article,
    Even so, it kind of mirrors what you said:

    Charlie says, “And so, as another day goes by in this magical countdown of the season, I’m pausing to celebrate the beauty and simplicity of our life together, reflected in one shiny ornament.”

    and now that perfect painting is even more perfect. What a joy!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 11 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Yeah, the painting told all the story I ever could today! So thrilled you enjoyed it!

  19. shawnthompsonart 11 months ago

    Nice Christmas Ornament, I really like the reflection on it.

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