In Ireland, January 6th is “Little Christmas.” The day the three kings arrived with their gifts. So, here’s my Christmas card for 2015, technically still on time . . .
May you all have a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year!
Every Christmas I paint a tie to wear at the various cartoon related holiday parties I attend. It’s always a mad rush and I’m usually hoping it’s dry as I tie it. This time around, I practically had to hang it out the car window on the way to the Society of Illustrators party in Manhattan.
Well, I did it. I finished my Christmas card before “Little Christmas.” Every year is the same, there’s always a rush before the holidays and then the hustle of the holidays themselves. So, I rarely get to draw the card before Christmas day.
Well, almost the night before and not a creature is stirring, not even a mouse. That’s not quite true. I’m stirring and, as always, working on my annual Christmas card. One year it will arrive on time and no one will believe it’s from me.
My accent is very faint but you can tell I’m Irish because I’d much prefer a good cup of tea to most other drinks. Unfortunately, there are very few places to get a decent cup of tea in America. One of the most important parts of the process is making sure that the water is ferociously boiling. Usually it’s the water from the coffee maker and, more often than not, flavored with the coffee of the day. So, I can see why it never really took hold here.
We just returned from a short trip to the White Hart Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut. One of the former partners now owns Harney & Sons Tea based in Millerton, New York. So, I was pleasantly surprised to have finally found an exception to the rule (the food was good, too).
I’m sure the Easter Bunny is as happy that his task for the year is over as I am that the semester has finished. After all, the Easter Bunny certainly has a tougher job than Santa. Santa knows who is getting what and where they live. I’m sure it’s even easier since he got his iPhone. But the poor Easter Bunny, not only does he have to deliver to every house, he has to hide all the eggs, too. All this and hardly a tenth of the recognition Santa gets. So, if you happen to see him looking like this you’ll understand why.
By the way, if you do see him perhaps you should watch Jimmy Stewart in “Harvey.”