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Hello, December, how’ve you been?
It’s been a while since we caught up;
we should spend some time together.
Let’s stand outside wrapped in scarves and mittens
catching snowflakes on our tongues
while accidentally catching a cold, too.
Let’s try to build a gingerbread house,
the roof sliding off and the walls falling in,
and get more icing on our fingers than the corners.
Let’s take a stroll through the snow
until our teeth chatter and our fingers shake
while we carve our names into a naked tree.
Let’s pretend we know how to ice skate
and fall down again and again,
soaking our jeans and bruising our knees.
Let’s window shop under twinkling city lights
and pretend we don’t mind the noise or the crowd,
and that we don’t have spare change to donate.
Let’s eat holiday dinner with the family,
a large ham and some pumpkin pie
that we’ll regret on the scales later.
Let’s drive to the mall for the holiday sales,
first wasting time trying to park
and then wasting money on “affordable” material goods.
Let’s stay up late and count down the hours,
watching the ball drop in New York City
while we brag about a resolution we won’t follow through on.
Goodbye, December — 'til next year.