In addition to the melodic list of favorite things that Maria sings about in The Sound of Music (which just happens to be one of my favorite things), I'd like to add:
Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory"
Dark chocolate-covered cherries from Holl's of Parkersburg, WV
Family & friends near and far
The alphabet and its mix of twenty-six letters that form words that form sentences that form stories
Tamarack and its passionate staff
Memories . . .
Bookstores and booksellers who invite readers to read Honeysuckle Holiday and Marble Town and Please Close It!
J. Q. Dickinson Salt-Works
Natalie & Nicholas, Julia & Max, James & Charlie & Timmy
The Book Loft of German Village
John Derian's work
Aunt Dodo & Uncle Herman & Anna & John
Harper Lee's letter
Buck & Bette, my new favorite purveyor of "fancy & staple goods for Appalachian life"
Mountain Mama Book Reviews
AND THE PEACE & JOY I WISH FOR EVERYONE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON & THROUGHOUT THE NEW YEAR!