A thaw indeed would be a relief from many things, for many reasons.
What else can one expect after two snowfalls in four days (counting the nights)? This is a month that is best lived day-to-day in search of sun and anything else conductive to good health and personal welfare. The country now more than ever is in search of its democratic foundations and a way out of the misinformation tide threatening to drown all civility.
I had, for a while, at the top of a list of notably negative signs the titles of notably popular books (at least on one December poll). 'The Bitch Is Back.' "Thug Matrimony' and 'Empire of Pain,' plus Congress member Robert F Kennedy's anti-Fauci rants. But there is only so much ill will a person can absorb before rejecting omens of any kind.
Especially when one's birthday falls on the date of the Christian Orthodox Christmas. Bring on the lights and flowers and celebrate.