Happy Holidays

December 24, 2019 | 9 Comments

Happy Holidays to everyone! I hope that whatever you do, you have a lovely time this week.

This Christmas tree is loosely based on a shopping centre (mall) tree I saw in my travels today as I don’t have a tree myself. I was testing out one of the new White Nights metallic watercolours (Antique Gold mixed with DS Quin Gold) so this sketch sparkles in real life. A Xmas tree is a fun subject to paint and a good opportunity to play!


Some of you might know that I don’t observe Xmas day as a religious event and don’t make a big fuss about having a big family day.

The reasons for those two shocking statements are:

1. Although I’m a Christian, I don’t observe Christmas as we are not told to observe Christ’s birth in the Bible. I do believe we are to observe one day in seven – the Lord”s Day as a day of rest and worship commemorating His rising from the dead. I personally think it’s a much better deal to have a special day once a week!!! (And BTW I’m totally convinced my weekly day of rest and reset is the secret why I get some much done – I can work hard for 6 days in a row as I have a weekly rest and spiritual recharge every Sunday – it’s wonderful!)

2. I don’t need to be with my family on the 25th and sometimes I am travelling overseas on my own. We have many great times together during the year but do try to catch up sometime in December – normally on the 25th or 26th. I don’t need presents as I feel that having the family I do is better than anything money can buy.


I know that it can be really tough for people without family or those who are coming to terms with the recent passing of loved ones, or are suffering illness. I have just a few minutes ago received a sad email about a follower who is very very ill at the moment, and it’s a good reminder of the important things.

So sending you all a big virtual hug for the holiday season.





  • Carmel Campbell says:

    Happy Holidays … thank you for sharing…I may not say much but I read every post…((hugs))

    • Liz Steel says:

      thanks Carmel – have a wonderful Christmas week. And thanks for all your comments this year – you do comment more than most!!! Hugs back 🙂

  • Sherri Carneal says:

    Happy Holidays Everyone!!

  • Arlene Lennox says:

    Holiday hugs to you too, Liz! You have been a major inspiration to me.

    • Annie says:

      Happy Holiday weeks to you, too, Liz. I enjoy your posts and look forward to more in the new
      year. Hugs to you, too.

    • Liz Steel says:

      Thanks Arlene. Hope we all have a creative 2020!

      • Joik Sarkis -Kelly says:

        Hi Liz, I am Jay Sarkis-Kelly, One of your students and admirer of your work. I am also one of the victims of COVID . My wife and my two sons and I were invited to my brothers for Christmas eve immediate family of 14
        Following Monday we were informed that one of the family members were tested positive
        No we have been home ever since and are tested positive too.

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