As the winter solstice draws near, staying cheerful doesn’t always come naturally. The lack of sunshine can leave us subconsciously feeling as if all the light has drained out of the world. Our ancestors dealt with such feelings by lighting candles and bonfires as symbols of longer and happier days to come, a tradition that has carried over into our modern-day Christmas decorations. This morning I put a sparkly purple Christmas tree animation on the art display in my dining room.

Animated art of a purple Christmas tree with sparkling stars.

The star on top twinkles while other small stars appear and then fade slowly around the tree, like fireworks, cheering up an area on the north side of the house that is otherwise dark and still for much of the day. Wishing you lots of fun sparkly things to brighten your home too!

Nurturing Thursday was started by Becca Givens and seeks to “give this planet a much needed shot of fun, support and positive energy.” Visit her site to find more Nurturing Thursday posts and a list of frequent contributors.


  1. What a pretty tree to light up the dreary days!
    I am wanting one of those art displays 🙂 Where did you get yours?

  2. Your display is gorgeous! I agree we need lots of light to go by with the darkness right now. I have lots of twinkle lights around and always a candle close to me.

  3. It is so true that we need extra light and cheer this time of the year when the days are short. Here in FL our days are not as short as up north, but I still love the tree we put up every year. Your display looks great!

  4. Florida sounds pretty good right about now — I’m looking out my window at snow flurries on a very dark day, with the temperature forecast to drop all afternoon. Oh, well, spring will get here eventually!

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