Here in Tidewater, our winter temperatures on average
stay in the 30 to 50 degree range.
The days are often sunny, and flowers like camellias and pansies
bloom all the way through winter.
Yet, it is still winter, and the days darken early.
So I confess I am still lighting white Christmas lights in my house--
even on the fireplace mantel.
The Christmas trees have been taken down,
but the lights remain.
I'm sure I'll pack them away in the next couple of weeks,
but for now, they cast such a warm and inviting light.
It's a little like having a handful of sparkling stars
And that, I cannot resist.