Santa Cokes and SAD Lamps

These are a few of my favorite wintery things!

Also:  peppermint mocha frappuchinos, Christmas in Hollis, Little Saint Nick, watching my kids watch Home Alone, Arthur Christmas, Jingle All the Way, lit up palm trees, watching the surf come in on the shore like snow, secret Santas, fires in the fireplace (but only virtual ones now, apparently real ones trigger migraines!), sending Christmas cards, curling up under a special handmade blanket from my mother-in-law, saving all my change to dump in the bell ringer’s bucket, making fudge and caramel, secretly feeling smug that the lowest it gets here is in the 20’s yet still having the nerve to feel pity for myself about it, not shaving my legs for months, Mariah Carey (sans Beiber) belting out how all she wants for Christmas is ME!, Barenaked for the Holidays (I just love seeing the look on people’s face when I say that!), turkey, putting out my long-passed Grandma’s ceramic tree with its glorious plastic bulbs arranged just so, John Denver and the Muppets Wishing me a Merry Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka with Bing and the Andrews Sisters, the scent of pine tree wafting from my Glade Plug Ins, my collection of “Twas’ the Night Before Christmas” books, and the baby Jesus.

(Was that a long enough run-on sentence?)

One of my favorite Christmas choral pieces, in case I don’t write again before Christmas:

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