it’s festive, joyful & according to the store-window displays, it’s here. ‘tis the season! the holidays are weeks away, but somehow the season’s already upon us. we’ll throw & attend parties, soirees, dinners, brunches & lunches for family, friends & work. we’ll bake, boil, roast & toast to generously feed, & enthusiastically be fed. we’ve got decorations to be hung, presents to buy, wrap, exchange & open. between the old & new traditions to maintain & establish, there’s carousing, revelry & many a roof to be raised. & we’re beginning to realize: the season’s actually just a tad too short.