And that's why I had to walk to school every day, uphill both ways in blinding snowstorms. But this is my favorite time of year. This is the time of year when you buy twelve more gifts because your lists incomplete. Attend eleven different parties at home or down the street. Make ten video calls to absent friends you wish to hold. Go out for nine seasonal drinks served both hot and cold. Enjoy the eight holiday songs, all stuck on repeat and seven inches of snow piled up at your feet, bringing six hour layovers and five canceled flights with a four hour tour of colorful lights. Three traditional side dishes are cooling on the table, while two enjoy the movies rerunning on cable. Which brings us to one heartfelt wish for your days to be merry and bright. Happy holidays to all. And to all a good night.