Tis The Season

The image above should illustrate quite clearly what last week represented for me. Trader Joe's has released their holiday snackery, including their addictive and elusive Candy Cane Joe-Joes (which are THE KING OF SWEETS, as far as I'm concerned.) And while waiting in line during a last minute Thanksgiving grocery run, I noticed an ice cream carton in the cart of the woman in front of me... Candy Cane. Joe-Joe. Ice Cream.


All my post-Thanksgiving intentions to temporarily lay off sweets (not to mention dairy) were quickly compromised -- as intentions are wont to do when your greatest fantasy comes dancing into the freezer.

These final November days after Thanksgiving never fail to fill me with delight. The thrill of what lies ahead -- Christmas music, snow, holiday shopping, time with family, cozy sweaters, and sweet sweet sweets... for me, this is truly the most wonderful time of the year. The very concept is itself like a snowflake: beautiful, magical, but too-soon fleeting. But like the greatest of romances, it's the very impermanence of the holiday season that makes it so marvelous.

As Tom Stoppard says: "Good things, when short, are twice as good."

Another scoop, then.

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