Though there are many ornaments on our tree that have more of a story behind them, when it comes to painting, I do love a chance to paint shiny things. So we have this little set of ornaments that were sitting on my table for today’s prompt, because the tree was already wincing with the weight of the ornaments we’ve already added. These traditional glass ornaments are the lovely reflective kind that make the lights on the tree feel like they’re buzzing with energy, beautifully reflecting the glow of the holidays into the room. Unfortunately, they’re also the kind that often die a little death each year as one inevitably gets shattered no matter how gentle you are in the unpacking. But ornaments are such a wonderful thing and adding them to the tree each year is such a fun experience. Little bits and bobbles, some too ridiculous to explain, yet each one has its place and many carry memories that take us back to some of life’s best moments.
This afternoon we saw the Pixar movie Coco, which is a lovely film with beautiful music and an even more beautiful message. The main song, Recuérdame (Remember Me), is a wonderful reminder of just how important it is to keep love and family in your heart. Smartly, weaving the traditions of the Mexican holiday of Día de Muertos (a “los” often added here in the States) with a heartfelt message that applies to this holiday season as well. So many ornaments that many people place on their Christmas tree are ones handed down through generations. Little festive reminders of people we love and may have lost. Times we can revisit through the memories that each ornament holds. While hanging items on a tree each year is decorative, it carries far more importance than that. Our tree is a family album, with each page sparkling brightly before us, in beautiful sentiment and ridiculous joy. Like all good stories, some elements are perfectly silly and some are so beautiful and heartwarming that you can’t help but shed a tear.
Whether your temperatures are gray and cold or far more sunny, like my friends in Australia, the warmth of the season is the thing that binds us all together. That’s the beauty of this time of year. No matter your beliefs, the simple things are the things that we can all agree on. That hope, love and family are pretty spectacular and should be celebrated whenever possible. Wonderful traditions that connect our hearts more than our minds and make us feel a connection that we always celebrate and never question. Moments that made us who we are today and will take us on the hopeful journey into an uncertain New Year. No matter what happens next, we simply know that we’re loved and somehow that makes everything inexplicably perfect. Sometimes life doesn’t let us see as clearly. But, in the glow of holiday lights, everything pulls into focus and life looks pretty amazing, reflected in the magical gleam of those sparkling Christmas memories.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Quinacridone Gold, Cobalt Blue, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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