I have always thought of Christmas time,
                                                       when it has come round apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin,
                             if anything belonging to it can be apart from that — as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time.
                                                                                                       ~Charles Dickens
                                                                                    It is November. The noons are more
                                                                                    laconic and the sundowns sterner.
                                                                                    November always seemed to me
                                                                                    the Norway of the year…
                                                                           ~ Emily Dickinson, “The Winter Garden”~