Not knowing quite what to make for today’s prompt, I opted for this quick little 2-color doodlewash of a tree topper. When we were in Texas this past weekend we went in search of a simple little star to put atop my mom’s tall yet oddly skinny tree. This isn’t actually the one we finally chose, as it’s far to simple. The options were many, but most were too gigantic and gaudy, weighing more than the little tree could possibly withstand and sometimes more than the tree itself. There was even an angel that was the size of one of those startlingly realistic oh so real baby dolls, which would have brought the entire tree sailing to the floor. In the end, Philippe chose the final candidate, an airy gold star with little beads, which he only vaguely endorsed by saying, “this one is the least offensive.” My mother agreed and when we got home it was placed atop the tree, completing the scene in only a mildly garish way. It was, in the end, perfect!
This is the time of year when we get to let our festive side out to play. That means that normal tastes, with any bit of restraint, can be happily thrown out the window in favor of the shiniest bobble we can find. If it sparkles, it’s fair game when it comes to Christmas decorations. I have to admit that while I enjoy sparkle, I do like things in a more miniature form. Much of what was on display this year was often rather huge, something likely meant for more expansive suburban homes with lots of space. Many of the items would have looked perfectly ridiculous in our city row home. Not that I didn’t entertain the thought of bringing something like that home. It would be make giggle to see oversized ornaments and a giant star bent against the ceiling, feeling a bit like Alice in Wonderland felt when she grew too large for that house. But we’ve instead opted only for smaller sized things that are appropriate to our environment.
The neighbors at the top of our hill always put out giant inflatable things for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. For some reason, these are things that only look comfortable when surrounded by thousands of lights and relentless outdoor decor. Particularly that As Seen On TV Star Shower or something equally dramatic. Instead, the inflatable sits all alone with just few tiny things surrounding it. What could have been spectacle is reduced to something strangely meek and comical. A shy offering at best. For me, if you want big decorations, then please do so and resist all restraint. That’s the coolest part of the season! Deck those halls with all the boughs of holly you can possibly find and rent a back-up generator to help power those sparkling lights! And thank you for the wonderful show and holiday joy, right down to the star on top.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: =Quinacridone Gold and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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