Friday, December 6, 2013

'Twas the Day Before St Nicholas Day

Unbelievable!

The weather yesterday evening can be described by that one word.

Yes it was overcast and cloudy, but with temperatures in the mid-60's, Chris and I did something that neither of us could remember doing ever before. Eating outside on the back deck under the Christmas lights in December!

Alright, we did light the fire pit for  bit of additional warmth, but we enjoyed a dinner reminiscent of our summer evenings to watch the end of the day darkness fall. Sadly, it was already dark when we dined, but still, the idea of eating outside in Maryland during December was an appealing way to hang on to the dying vestiges of autumn.

It was a quick respite from the hectic holidays right in our own backyard. 

I believe the memory of this dinner will help me through the dark and cold days yet to come. And it happened on the Eve of St Nicholas Day, a holiday not widely celebrated in the U.S., but a big event in many other countries of the world.

Did you remember to put your boots outside the door last evening?

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD
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