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: MONTH OF LIGHTS!
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
DECEMBER GARDEN S
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