It’s beginning to look a lot like anything

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By John Pawlak

This is an interesting time of the year. Snowfalls paint a wonderful texture on the sagebrush, and the distant mountains become picturesque with their candle-dripped white caps. The mesas glimmer in the sunlight with their earth tone colors sporting ice floes. The entire landscape seems to yell out like a George Henry Durrie painting.

An endless assortment of holidays also speckles the calendar, allowing all faiths to find cause to celebrate. We have Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Krampus, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Ozzy Osbourne’s birthday and of course New Year’s Eve.

It’s December and there are a thousand and one (maybe even two) reasons to be happy. If the bills are paid, then you should be happy. If the bills aren’t paid ... well then, you have the stuff you bought and you still have the money.

Yet another reason to be happy! Your child is coming back from college to spend some time with the family. The house smells of cinnamon (or piñon) and the CD player, dusted off from months of silence, now sings out joyful tunes that are relegated to this time of the year.

Why? What is it about this season that brings out so much joy and happiness?

The truth is, there are wonderful things to celebrate every month, every day.

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