The crayon is mightier than the sword: Christmas 2015 edition!

What’s this, you say? You barely hear from me for months, and suddenly I’m back with two posts in the same week? Yep. I’m the same with phone calls, so don’t feel like it’s just you guys.

Today, we celebrate the season with some fine artworks by my two genii.

1. Picasso-Santa:

The first is compliments of Baby Girl, who doesn’t generally do art at home (oh, HELL no, no two-year-old will handle glitter on my watch), but has been embracing it in all its forms at daycare. She proudly marched this piece into the house last week, an homage to the hero of the hour:

Santa, as influenced by Cubism.

I love that even the inanimate paper-plate Santa seems to be cheerfully rolling  his eyes at the placement of his beard, as if to say, ‘Well, what can you do? It’s better than no beard at all and at least she didn’t eat ALL the glue this time”.

2. Hindu Virgin Mary


This was Boy Child’s headpiece for the school Nativity assembly. They each decorated their own using whatever materials they saw fit. I didn’t appreciate the full impact of this lovely lady until I pulled her out of his schoolbag that afternoon. Olive-skinned, blue-haired, sparkling and bindied. Because ‘I thought she would look beautiful’, he explained shyly. God(s) bless that kid.

3. The X-box workaround

Several months ago, Boy Child started making sounds about something ridiculous like wanting an Xbox 360 for Christmas. He’s six years old and we already have a Wii-U that he’s semi-regularly banned from using because it makes him screen-crazy. Anyway, he seemed to get the message about the Xbox not happening, until he came home late in the school term and triumphantly announced that he’d be getting an Xbox after all!

Me: Oh, really?! [Mentally preparing to tear strips off husband for caving to pressure]

Him: Yes! Because I asked SANTA! Now he’ll definitely bring me one, since I wrote such a nice letter!

Sorry son. I’ve got Santa’s phone  number and he has to run any big-ticket items past me. It’s in the rules.

(My husband did suggest that we could get him a fifteen-year-old Xbox original for about $30 now, since that’s technically what he’s requested – but that would just be mean, right?).

Thanks for your company this year, everyone! Looking forward to more silliness in 2016.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, from me and mine.

Julie x

9 thoughts on “The crayon is mightier than the sword: Christmas 2015 edition!

    1. You’re too kind, Ali (and your family obviously have questionable taste in comedy – I love that about them!). Really enjoying your own writing more and more with each new piece – big successes ahead for you in 2016 I suspect! xx


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