Almost the Shortest Day. And there's a reasonable chance that your correspondent having survived his visit to the Dentist, will see another Spring. His teeth might not, but his Being will be around for the sprout of Tomato seeds, the budding of Multiflora and he'll have an opportunity to curse late frost on Potatoes.
Alternatively, and this is the more depressing scenario, he'll find himself
driven to distraction by Festive Refrains and Elf Hats in the Grocery Aisles and
will opt for something like Double Fudge Chocolate Chunk and Caramel Full Milk
Ice Cream instead of Vanilla.