• Kathleen Cassen Mickelson

First Five Fragments for Friday

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts.

December is my favorite month. It’s a month when I feel energized and calm all at once. That might seem like an odd combination, but it’s absolutely true. The snow, the cold mornings when sun light warms nothing, the way the crows gather around bread tossed out into the back yard, the smell of the Christmas tree in our house, the music at my daughter’s orchestra concerts, and the anticipation of family sharing meals and gifts – all of this is what I love about December.

Not everyone feels this affinity for a month that also pushes consumerism at great length and reminds people how much it costs just to heat their homes. December manages to highlight the stark contrasts in our culture in ways that can spur depression and spark family arguments.

Which way do you lean in December? How do you embrace both sides of this holiday-laden month?

While you ponder how you feel about December, here are today’s offerings. These are some of my favorite ornaments, which hang on our tree. A little respite from more serious things. Enjoy.

Enjoy the season, everyone.

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