I'd like to start off my post today with the Senility Prayer:
God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference. Amen.
I guess it's time to take the Christmas Tree down. It's a job I find depresssing. It's so much fun decorating it--the anticipation of the holiday, presents, giggling grandkids, delicious food, sinful sweets, New Years celebrations, and then the Rose Parade. Once those ornaments are packed away and the tree gone, there's nothing left to do but wait for spring, and here in Maine, that's apt to be a long wait.
Oh, sure, there's the minor distraction of Valentines Day, and eventually a visit from the Easter Bunny, but in reality, neither of those can rev up your engine to the extent that Christmas does. Maybe I'm coming down from a sugar high, but to me winter seems a big downer after the end of December delights. The snow is pretty to look at, but not fun to drive in and requires paying someone to plow the driveway after each storm; the cold weather means refilling the fuel tank and depleting your checkbook balance to dangerous levels; and those friends and family who can afford to have migrated to warmer parts of the country.
Wow--this whole past is a downer! Focus on the positive--focus on the positive! Winter means comfort foods like beef stew, mac and cheese, and spicy chili and all those things that are too much work to make in hot weather. It means curling up with a good book,a blanket, and hot cocoa with marshmallow. Help me out here, bloggy friends--what do you like about winter?