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It's the last week of November.
The Earth has shifted enough that I now head to work in the dark and return hoe in the dark I will only see daylight now through a distant window and on weekends until March.
I've always referred to these days as "Chocolate Season". The Season technically stretches from Halloween to Easter, as most of the holidays between them involve chocolate in some way. Chocolate usually goes on sale really cheaply during this time of year, which reinforces the whole "Chocolate Season", but this year prices haven't fallen much.
That kind of casts a pall over the whole celebratory nature of Chocolate Season.
Other people would be saying silly things like, "Merry Christmas", and I'd say things like "Merry Cocoamas!", or they'd say "Seasons' Greetings" and I'd say, "Sweet Eatings!", or they'd say, "Happy Holidays" and I'd say, "Happy Hershey's!" except, you know Hershey's has gotten really bad, so I dropped that one a while back. I've changed it to "Happy Taraluna". "Felice Navidad" is "Felice Equita", "Peace on Earth" - well, that's a nice thought, so I leave it alone.
Taraluna and Equita are both fair trade chocolate companies.