Friday, December 6, 2013

FAMILY TRADITION

Due to the holidays fast approaching, I have slowed down my production in the studio. . . Not by choice, but by neccessity. The paintings I have started will remain unfinished until the tallest tree to be found has taken up residency in my living room, the yule log is pretending to crackle in the gas fireplace and the stockings are hung by the chimney with flair. You see when I was a young mother, inspired by my own wonderful childhood memories, I began to do up the holidays in a big way for my first child.  One child soon became 3, and each holiday experience we enjoyed together, whether it was hiking 4 miles in -15 degree weather to find the perfect Alaskan Black Spruce (Which doesn't exist.), or hand-painting 125 homemade cookies with 8 different colors of icing (Which nobody ate.), or watching back-to-back reruns of "White Christmas", "Holiday Inn", and "It's a Wonderful Life" (Where's the kleenex?), it became a Family Tradition. Now that my kids are in their 20's, their love for our holiday traditions seems to have set like concrete, steadfast and inflexible. Keeping up with these innumerable, ever-increasing family Christmas traditions leaves little time for artwork, accounting, or taking a shower. By the end of December, I'm ready for some serious spa time in another country.
Alone.

Don't get me wrong. I LOVE family traditions. I LOVE FAMILY! But Christmas can be exhausting. It's not a race, it's a triathlon. Not to mention, my family holidays tend to take on the character of a National Lampoon Griswold Family Christmas. So with the advent of my first grandchild's first Christmas, I'm wondering if there is such a thing as trickle-down family tradition, and if I will EVER get back in the studio.
Let the traditions begin!

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