I really hate Christmas shopping. I know hate is a strong word. The commercialization of Christmas takes all of the "magic" out of the spirit of the season. It brings out the Scrooge in me. But I love it when I have these "little moments" of ideas and that's what the above picture is about. I can show it because I've already handed these chocolate santas out. This is a container of chocolate foil-covered Santas that I found on a recent shopping expedition. They have the gold thread so you can hang them on a tree. I decided these would make a great "desk drop" for my colleagues at work. It's not about the chocolate at all. I don't do something every year, but I'm feeling more than grateful for a lot of things in my life this year. These little Santas became thank you's to my colleagues...I created a small tag for each one....
Each tag tells that person why I'm grateful for them. ( I would have hand-written them, but the tags aren't large enough). Examples of the messages:
Gail, I am grateful for your creativity, we are kindred spirits."; or Cathy," I am grateful for your steadfast friendship" and for Diane, "I am grateful for knowing the "non-boss" person in you....the woman on her journey."
Even though they came to thank me....I told them...no, this is my thank you to you for who you are. So...this is a simple idea you can do for family and friends. A gingerbread man at each place setting with a tag or attached to a pair of mittens or socks or whatever you want that item to be. Life is short. This is a great time of year to spread a little....gratefulness.
View from my art room yesterday
A slight dusting of snow fell yesterday afternoon while I was painting...so pretty.
I have painted a couple of things to give as gifts....that's why you haven't seen any painting lately....and no time! I'll show some photos after I've given the gifts away. Love the peaceful view outside these windows.