Christmas movies: Will Ferrell in "Elf" (Phone rings, Buddy answers: "Buddy the Elf. What's your favorite color?") Barbara Stanwyck in "Christmas in Connecticut." Bing Crosby in "White Christmas."
New Year's Eve, the expectations, the parties, and the best New Year's Eve ever: a night of music in an old stone church with bright red doors. At midnight, bagpipes played Auld Lang Syne as we lit candles to welcome the new year.
(Winter glow - CottageGardenPhoto, Etsy)
by Mary Oliver
Now through the white orchard my little dog
romps, breaking the new snow
with wild feet.
Running here running there, excited,
hardly able to stop, he leaps, he spins
until the white snow is written upon
in large, exuberant letters
a long sentence, expressing the pleasures of the body in this world.
Oh, I could not have said it better
(Portland, Christmas 2008)
What are your favorite things about this month? Favorite winter and/or holiday music? Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." (Admit it. It's bouncy. You love it.)