Thanksgiving was fun. Its traditions, family gatherings, predictable menus and festive atmosphere are precious and a fitting introduction to several weeks of joyful anticipation and celebration.
Christmas decorations are going up everywhere we look, and Christmas plants and flowers are making their appearance in stores, churches, public buildings and our houses.
Tradition plays a large part here, too.
Poinsettias, without which it would seem no holiday décor would be complete, are perhaps the most obvious.