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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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Azo Yellow, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
Day 17 - Candy Cane Bow Watercolor - Sketchbook Detail - Doodlewash

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22 thoughts on “Sweet Little Gifts

  1. It’s really hard to do it day after day! The most I have managed was two months of poem a day. What I did discover though was about two weeks in, what came out of the hand was not necessarily direct from the brain. Lol I always loosened up and things flowed like water. I love that feeling.

    Well, it’s my birthday today. I’m nudging right against 60. I remember my parents being so old at 59. And here I am so young!😂😂 How does that happen? LO!

    1. Yay! Happy Birthday, Lisa!! 😃💕A huge hug and much love to you, my friend!! You’re SO young! Remember… when you’re people like we are, you age backwards! lol 😉 And yeah, I’ve hit a strange point in my writing… I’ve no idea if I still have things to say, but it’s become such a constant habit that I couldn’t stop if I tried. That’s actually a rather lovely flow to be in as well, so yay!

  2. I read u r post daily , its really 💓 touching some r so excited i have to think over it.from where you get dought this is beautiful art. In between I missed your post due to busy with my comunity program s . So don’t mind friend.
    Thanks so much.

  3. Nailed that bow!! That is a difficult thing to sketch with all it’s contours. The excitement is building for the big day. My hubby is just like Phillippe when it comes to keeping my gifts a secret, except he’s bad at it. I don’t let on that I figured things out. I wouldn’t want to hurt his feelings. However! This year has been different. I gave him a list(mainily Pandora) in November and told him to surprise me with just a couple things. I think he has forgotten what he purchased because he has not said a word. I also have forgotten what I put on the list… good thing about getting old. Lololol!

    1. Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, bows are fun now since I’ve sketched enough of them to know how they work (or at least how to fake them appropriately! hehe). And yay to the joys of getting old! lol The best part is when the gift is a surprise to you BOTH! lol

  4. Thank you, Charlie, for giving us such a delightful gift every day. The effort to produce them is hidden, because your words are as magical as your paintings and both seem to flow freely. I hope you and Philippe have a wonderful lead up to the actual exchanging of gifts – sounds like the process is as much fun as the actual event!

    1. Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕 Thrilled you still enjoy my little daily rambles and sketches! That means so much to me! And yes… this month is an event for Philippe and I… hehe… it’s just way to much fun! I’m sad when it ends!

  5. That bow really shines! And as for posting and writing, well, I did twenty-six consecutive days back in the spring, and am pretty sure I was repeating myself by day three. I’d say going 1,200+ isn’t too bad!

    1. Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 You totally made me want to recount… and yep… this post was 1,263 consecutive days! Lol I think I might be insane or something. That’s way too many days… but let’s be honest. Showing up each day is likely how I managed to get a Zonkey on my birthday from a dear certain friend. And what on earth else should we need to inspire us in life! Thank you! ❤️

      1. That is quite a few days – and about 963 more posts than I’ve managed in almost the same time! If you don’t go on to take the world record for daily posts, I’ll be disappointed 😛

        Haha, well indeed! That zonkey is nearly three years old now! Crazy.

          1. A quick google brings up Bruce Kimmel, who has apparently posted every day since 12th November 2001 (6,247 days) so, yes, a while to go yet. Who knows though, he might miss a day 😉

          2. Haha, I think after seventeen years’ worth of doodlewashes (!) we could forgive you for revisiting some topics… like Cliché Day. I mean, I don’t think that could ever get old 😉

  6. Charlie says, “This is the season when it’s impossible to ignore feelings of love and gratitude.”

    I’m convinced, Charlie, that every season is exactly that way for you. Your soul joy
    shows in everything you write and paint. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to curl
    up in my favorite chair with a good book and a candy cane. Merry Christmas!

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