Holiday Happiness Starts Now

November 24, 2014 4:41 PM

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I love the holidays with all my heart. I wait all year, anticipatory as a child, to be able to play Christmas carols without apologies. Truth is, from November through New Year's, my life takes on an incandescence undreamed of in the rest of my work-a-day year. Music, decorations, lights, tinsel, a lifetime's worth of carefully-wrapped treasures -- all find their way out of attic or basement and into a house made magical by the memory of Christmas Past.

Right after Thanksgiving, we chop down a tree at the local farm, then pray for snow and enough nippy New England nights to keep it going through New Years. And invariably the moment the tree is trimmed and I'm alone with it, teacup poised, the rich aroma of winter cinnamon and nutmeg making my head ...

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