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The Happy Ghost of Christmases Past: #CosPhoChal

This is my first time joining Dale and K’Lee’s Cosmic Photo Prompt Challenge, although not even close to the first time I’ve WANTED to join in…but that’s a different story, and this isn’t a story post…

When I saw that this week’s challenge prompt is “Christmas” – well, the happy Ghost of Christmases Past tapped me on the shoulder and said, “This is time. Do it.”

So, here I am!

To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.
#CosPhoChal

This picture, lightly edited, comes from last year. My daughter, then 11, had a small pink tree on her living room desk. I liked the way it lit the room, and the effect of the lights and shadows on this glittery cardboard emblem of peace.

When she was small, my daughter had a small assortment of my clothing that had survived 35 years to be passed along. She dubbed them “The Mommy Collection” (she named most of her clothing, back then, for reasons known only to her. My favorite was her “All About Flying” shirt – a white pullover with a pattern of small silver studs she thought resembled wings).

This red paid wool jumper was one of the last things she could wear from the Collection. It was also at the end of her tights-wearing days, since she developed a distaste for clothing that fits tightly against her legs soon after.

I love the way she’s investigating the presents under her grandparents’ tree without touching, in accordance with their rules. Since she was about 4, then, that took a lot of effort! 

I’m lucky. My children, who are now 15 and 12, have always been close friends. Since I grew up in a family of 4 kids where it seemed we were always embroiled in sibling rivalry of one sort or another, the general sense of peace and enjoyment in one another’s company Jeremiah and Annalise share is refreshing and beautiful in a simple way.

This playful picture captures and enhances the silliness of their little kid days – they were 6 and 3, I think. Honestly, there’s still some of that same silliness in the big kids they are today.

When the kids were 9 and 6, I gave up my control of the Christmas tree. I let the kids have equal say in what was displayed there, which resulted in an ever-changing canvas that included underwear, giant stuffed snakes, naked Barbies, and more, in addition to more traditional ornaments.

Together, we made wrapping paper chains, and strung them willy-nilly.

I loved that tree and the decorations on it so much that I made a collage of various details.

One of my more serious, artsy edits. I decorated a small praying Buddha with a white and silver silk poinsettia, and got up close and personal, for a cool touch of peace.

May we all find that in abundance in a world that truly needs it!

 

Author:

I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

2 thoughts on “The Happy Ghost of Christmases Past: #CosPhoChal

    1. I think it might. Life gets away from me sometimes…
      It will also inspire me to go back and fix the plethora of typos in this post, because I drafted it while chatting with my Accomplice, and wasn’t paying as much attention to it as I was to him (which is the way it should be, but still…).
      I loved your pictures, too. May your new year be lovelier than you can imagine!

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