Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Fun

Some of the best things about December are

 the flowers we get each other,
waking up with all four cats on the bed,
 the crisp white light that fills the house after it snows,

mulled wine heated on the stove,
 wintry-sounding music, 

 the Christkindl Market in Mifflinburg, PA: only three days each year, the charming festival is outdoors on closed off streets of the pretty little town in the mountains.  It's fun at night to stay warm with the sweet hot mulled wine and the German food and beer, to shuffle along slowly with the happy crowd in and out of the huts of crafts and working artisans, see a marionette show, a funny juggler, folk dancers, wagon rides, a parade, an organ grinder, and much more,

 my mitten monsters Frick and Frack,
silly takes on Christmas like John 
Updike's  The Twelve Terrors of Christmas
  illustrated by Edward Gorey
and David Sedaris's "Holidays on Ice,"

and sneaking around gathering gifts for the ones you love.