Writers' Views on December

“It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas. December, in my memory, is white as Lapland, though there were no reindeers. But there were cats.”

― Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales

“The crisp path through the field in this December snow, in the deep dark, where we trod the buried grass like ghosts on dry toast.”

― Dylan Thomas, Quite Early One Morning: Stories

“I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet the words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In December ring Every day the chimes; Loud the gleemen sing In the streets their merry rhymes. Let us by the fire Ever higher Sing them till the night expire!

--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

So remember while December

Brings the only Christmas Day

In the year let there be Christmas

In the things we do and say

Wouldn't life be worth the living

Wouldn't dreams be coming true

If we kept the Christmas spirit

All the whole year through.

~Author unknown, c.1962


December may have the shortest day of the year, but in many ways it is the month with the most light. Stores, houses, porches, trees and just about anything else you can think of, becomes decorated with lights during December. I always dread the days when people start taking down their December lights until another year. December has the Festival of Lights known as Hanukah(spellings may vary). It has the returning of the light, by days becoming one minute longer each day. There is much to do and see in December and it should not be regarded just as a month to get ready for Christmas, as so many of us do.


December 1: World AIDS Day,  National Pie Day, 

December 2: National Mutt Day

December 3: Make a Gift Day,  Let's Hug Day, National Apple Pie Day

December 4: Santa's List Day, National Cookie Day, Wildlife Conservation Day

December 5: Repeal Day, International Volunteer Day, National Communicate With Your Kids Day

December 6: Mitten Tree Day, National Microwave Oven Day, Coats & Toys for Kids Day* (first Saturday), National Gazpacho Day

December 7: National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, Letter Writing Day, International Civil Aviation Day

December 8: Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, National Brownie Day, National Christmas Tree Day

December 9: Christmas Card Day, National Pastry Day

December 10: Human Rights Day, Nobel Prize Day, First Night of Hanukkah* , Dewey Decimal System Day, National Lager Day

December 11: First Day of Hanukkah, National App Day

December 12: National Poinsettia Day, Gingerbread House Day, 

December 13: National Violin Day, Ice Cream Day, National Cocoa Day

December 14: Roast Chestnuts Day

December 15: Bill of Rights Day, National Cupcake Day, International Tea Day

December 16: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 17: National Maple Syrup Day

December 18: Bake Cookies Day, National Twin Day, 

December 19: Look for an Evergreen Day , Holly Day

December 20: Go Caroling Day, 

December 21: First Day of Winter/Winter Solstice 

December 22: National Date Nut Bread Day

December 23: Festivus, National Roots Day, National Pfeffernüsse Day

December 24: Christmas Eve, National Egg Nog Day, National Chocolate Candy Day

December 25: Christmas Day, National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26: National Whiners Day, Boxing Day, National Candy Cane Day

December 27: National Fruitcake Day, Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day

December 28: National Card Playing Day

December 29: Tick Tock Day

December 30: Bacon Day

December 31: New Year's Eve, Make Up Your Mind Day


You are at the end of another gardening year. This is a great time to take stock of your garden to determine which aspects of it you love most and which aspects you do not care for so much. You may wish to make changes for the next gardening year that give you more of the former and less of the latter. Hopefully, you have been taking photos of your garden and recording your thoughts about it in a journal all year long, so that the process of evaluation does not rely solely on memory.


Many a Northerner would rather be in the Southeast in December. But that does not mean gardeners in the Southeast can totally let their guards down. Sudden temperature drops do occasionally occur.

Shelter tender plants with row covers when temperatures take a dip.

Add compost to the garden.

Plant trees and shrubs.

Prune wisteria, starting with the longest vines.

From The Spruce Web Site

Here we are as in olden days

Happy golden days of yore

Faithful friends who are dear to us

Gather near to us, once more

Through the years

We all will be together

If the fates allow

Hang a shining star

Upon the highest bough

and have yourself a Merry little Christmas now

Martin and Blaine

Rolling Hills Garden Center

400 S. Madison Blvd

Roxboro, NC 27573

336 599-0385

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Village Gallery Florist

400 S. Madison Blvd

Roxboro, NC 27573

336 597-5300

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