Temperatures are unseasonably warm here in the city, and while we’d be thrilled with this kind of reprieve come January or February, at this holly jolly time of year we’re missing the crisp, cold weather that usually graces us in the weeks leading up to the holidays. Somehow, without our cozy gloves and fluffy hats, the city just doesn’t seem nearly as festive. So this week we’re channeling our inner Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby, dreaming of a white Christmas that seems so far away.
Art: “Elevated Columbus Avenue, New York,” Gifford Beal (1916)
Poem: “Mad as the Mist and Snow,” William Butler Yeats
Book: Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein, by Amanda Peet and Andrea Troyer, illustrations by Christine Davenier
Video: “Tips for a Happy Holiday Season,” Ingrid Nilsen feat. Kati Morton
“And when old Winter puts his blank face to the glass,
I shall close all my shutters, pull the curtains tight,
And build me stately palaces by candlelight.”