Though I’m perfectly excited that Christmas Eve is only one week from today, there’s much to be done before the weekend. Between work projects and other deadlines, combined with last minute gifts, it’s going to be a rush to the finish! Philippe and I share one car, and that works well most of the year, but this time of year takes a bit of scheduling. There are little gifts, candy and stocking stuffers that simply can’t be purchased online, so we’ve spent much of today casually asking about who needs the car on what days this week. We don’t purchase extravagant gifts, but instead, try to find little things that will make the other person smile. Normally, there’s a bit of a list to start with, but this year, neither of us have much on them. It’s been a wonderful year filled with many happy surprises, so there’s not many things that either of are truly hoping to receive. What this really means is that Philippe, the ultimate gift-giver will come through with stellar and awesome things, and I’ll do my level best to come up with things that aren’t totally ridiculous. But, even totally ridiculous can elicit a lot of holiday cheer, so there’s really no way to lose at this game.
Already, Philippe has started to “hint” at things he’s purchased for me. This is something he does each year as he gets completely tickled and beside himself with a gift choice that he’s made. “I don’t know if you’ll like it, but I think it’s pretty cool. I mean, it’s kind of awesome really and you’re not expecting it at all. Though, yeah, you might not like it, but no, it’s really great. I think you just might love it. Yeah, you’re gonna love it!” This is the entire extent of my “clues” as to what I’m getting for Christmas and this type of ramble, in reality, goes on for several more minutes. I’m not sure which I’m most amazed at really. Philippe’s ability to always choose the singularly perfect gift or his incredible ability to obsess on that said gift audibly while revealing nothing at all. Both skills are rather magical, and it makes the entire experience more fun! These moments leading up to the day are probably my favorite part of all. Sure, unwrapping gifts is a totally fun and joyous experience, but seeing the person you love smile mysteriously while loving you back all week in their mind has to be my favorite part of all.
This is the season when it’s impossible to ignore feelings of love and gratitude. So, I would be remiss to not take a moment and thank each of you who stop by to read my little daily posts each day. Making a little daily doodlewash, as it turns out, is the easy part. But coming up with something to say each day has proven the ultimate challenge. My heart goes out to my writer friends who amaze me with their ability to craft words on a regular basis. My posts have far more words in them than brush strokes, so I truly appreciate that you take the time to read them. The glitter of the season has my heart glowing and happy once again. I’m a generally happy person, but this time of year, I’m reminded of the purest joy. As I skip through life, trying every little thing under the sun, it’s nice to pause and take a moment to view that life from the top of a Christmas tree. With this perspective, I’ve a perfect view of all of those little things that truly matter. And in my heart, I know, exactly what beauty the holiday can bring and enjoy each moment of those sweet little gifts.
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