Christmas 2017

December 24, 2017




It's hard to believe that Christmas is here already. It's a bittersweet time for me since my mother passed away last Christmas Eve, an hour after my last visit with her. She died on the same day as Scrooge's partner, Marley, and somehow I think that coincidence would have pleased her. Our sadness is brightened by the arrival of a daughter-in-law, who we love dearly.


I won't be near my computer tomorrow so I want to wish everyone a peaceful and serene Christmas, filled with love and joy.


Note: This picture, which has become something of a holiday tradition here at Chubby Chatterbox, was commissioned long ago as a design for a Christmas card, so long ago that I can't recall painting it.










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Thanks for all the great stories and art history lessons-have a lovely day with your family! and for laughs- check out my blog for the Christmas present to all my blogger friends!
By: Kathe W. on December 24, 2017
Happy Holidays to you & yours!!
By: fishducky on December 24, 2017
Very Norman Rockwell like!
By: cranky on December 24, 2017
I have this feeling this will be that last year my mother will be celebrating Christmas. I went to see her in the care home today and strangely enough she was more alert and well, just enough to make me feel guilty that I won't be spending the day with her! Happy Christmas to you!!
By: LL Cool Joe on December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Stephen! Our Christmas will be different this year, too, since we lost both of my husband's parents this year. It surely feels different when all of a sudden you are the most senior person in the entire family.
By: Pixel Peeper on December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas to all the Chatterboxes. :)
By: scott park on December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas to everyone in the Chatterbox house!
By: messymimi on December 24, 2017
I love the light from the fireplace in your painting. Sad that you lost your mom on this date. That year of first times without them is hard. Merry Christmas to all the Chatterboxes!
By: Val on December 24, 2017
Losing loved ones around a holiday is always hard. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Loved the giant dog. between two eager children. Great touch.
By: Arkansas Patti on December 24, 2017
That picture makes me smile. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year's, Stephen.
By: Robyn Engel on December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas and a Joyous holiday to you and your family. It's a pleasure to read and see your work.
By: Tom Cochrun on December 24, 2017
Wishing you a peaceful Christmas with some good memories to help balance the loss, Stephen. All the best to you and Mrs. C.
By: jenny_o on December 24, 2017
Thank you. Merry Christmas to you.
By: Keith Kline on December 24, 2017
Happy holidays! ðð
By: Pt Dilloway on December 24, 2017
Merry Christmas Stephen:
By: Rick Watson on December 25, 2017
Merry Christmas, Stephen. Thanks for all the entertaining posts this year, looking forward to more in 2018.
By: Botanist on December 25, 2017
Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.
By: John on December 25, 2017
Hoping your holiday was the best!
By: Tabor on December 26, 2017
I hope you had a lovely holiday. I understand the bittersweet - even though my mother died in 2005 I still miss her most at Christmas (as the song says).
By: The Bug on December 26, 2017
And the same to you and all the Chatterboxes!
By: Jenny Woolf on December 26, 2017
I wish you the very best in the coming year. Sadly, my father-in-law passed away on Christmas Eve and his funeral service won't be until New Years Eve. Combined with my stepfather passing on Christmas Day in 1996 and my mother being diagnosed with terminal cancer on Christmas, 1982, the holidays are becoming sad affairs for my family. But, we stay strong! All my best to you and yours!
By: Al Penwasser on December 26, 2017
I love that picture Stephen, life is full of both joy and sadness, thank you for sharing your life with us and for being part of ours. I hope your Christmas was a joyful one.
By: Jimmy on December 27, 2017
Merry Christmas and thank you for filling my inbox with wonderful posts throughout the year.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 28, 2017

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