Just a few days until Christmas and gloom hangs in the air thick as the virus that brought it. It hasn’t been very festive around here. Unable to cut down a tree this season, we installed a small plastic abomination with lights that I can’t wait to put in the dumpster the moment after the gifts have been opened. No city sidewalks or busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. Our shopping has been online and we’ve avoided others out of an abundance of caution so there has been no tactile method to get in the mood.