December in the Northern Hemisphere, is a time of dropping temperatures and lengthening nights, leading up to winter solstice that has had cultural significance dating back to Neolithic times for people who have responded with observances often associated with the reversal of the Sun’s ebbing and the beginning of longer days, resulting in cheerful celebrations often around themes of birth or rebirth, renewal, hopefulness, and new beginnings, and characterized by people gathering, celebrating, feasting and drinking (Wikipedia). December’s full moon is known as the both the Full Cold Moon* and the Long Nights Moon.
Recently, we received photos and cheerful news that the new owners of our Airstream Safari trailer successfully completed a round trip from San Diego to Northern California to visit their family while camping along the way.
We have cheerful memories of camping and celebrating the holidays and seasons from fall to spring over the years. Ten years ago this month, Larry and I and our late corgi Mac and pug Pau Hoa celebrated our first December camping in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park where we met up with friends and celebrated the season.
I brought along my lighthouse keeper’s garb, which doubled as a conductor’s uniform, for The Polar Express* spoof performance I gave to entertain and cheer our friends.
I also brought my plague doctor’s robe and top hat to present The Nutcracker‘s Drosselmeyer giving a nutcracker to Clara* (Emma here). (Also see “Nutcracker in the desert” and Tour of America’s “Characters.”)
We then held an ukulele fest that could drive the cold winter away* (along with Dr. C)!
Cheerfulness abounded both outside and inside our Airstream Safari.
So this December 2017, we are cherishing our home and wishing everyone Good Health and Happy Holidays!
And be of good cheer as you watch James Corden’s Most Intense Christmas Celebration Ever* and ‘All I Want for Christmas’ Carpool Karaoke!*
*This is a link to a YouTube video.