December is the twelfth month,
initially named as the tenth month
(Latin, decem, ten)
long before it was the twelfth—
back when the tenth month was the last month
(in the Roman calendar before the Julian and Gregorian ones).
So may you receive here at year’s end,
but before the beginning of the new year,
the blessing of what was long only thought to be the end,
the blessing of all that goes on surprisingly
the blessing of that which begins even amidst endings.
So receive also the blessing
that is all the energy and excitement
of the unsuspected possibility—
the present unwrapped into the future.