For the last several hours, while everyone was enjoying an afternoon siesta, I put the final touches on our Christmas table. This is when my office / library transforms back into our dining room once again. I arranged a vase of fresh cut flowers, all white,
and set the table. This year I decided to celebrate the season with a little nod to the major design project that has kept me so busy for several months, She Sells Seashells. It seems only fitting as my immersion also becomes my family's immersion, and everything gets put on the back burner until I reach my December 1st deadline to deliver illustrations to my manufacturer. So, to honor that process and to savour the completion of yet another collection, I decided I would include a few mermaid decorations on our holiday table this year.
They are actually pretty simple, but all that I could manage with the marathon of activity leading up to this moment. A marathon of shopping, wrapping, shipping, decorating, tree trimming, Christmas cards, baking, menu planning, cooking, cleaning, and all that on top of the day to day running of Character Constructions. But, they look sweet alongside our Coquille china, and sitting here now at my desk on Christmas Eve, I feel a sense of peace and also of accomplishment knowing that everything is finally in place for our family Christmas.
As I sat chronicling yet another Christmas Eve, the sun slowly set. It's dark now, but here is the view from my desk just a short while ago. I am off to the kitchen to prepare for tomorrow's Christmas dinner.
Merry Christmas everyone!