Respite from the dark chill of night has, since prehistoric times, been the driving force behind solstice celebrations from yule logs to menorahs, but as a snow-ignorant California boy I have had to take a lot of this on faith. The traditional Currier & Ives iconography of a snow-blanketed Vermont farmhouse, woodsmoke curling out of its chimney while apple-cheeked moppets gambol on sleds and toboggans, is thoroughly foreign to my own experience; I associate Dec. 25 with sunny,... More >>>