Dear Almanac readers,
November is winding down. We observe the trees' silhouettes, changing weather, migrating birds, Venus's return to the night sky, and Christmas trees appearing in neighbors' windows. Enjoy more about these topics in today's Companion—plus, some entertaining facts about Mark Twain, in honor of his birthday tomorrow.
Did you know there are a full four weeks from the start of Advent (this past Sunday) till Christmas Day (which falls on a Sunday) this year? We look forward to bringing you joys of the season in the weeks ahead. May they be merry and bright!
Your Almanac Editors
a wind has blown the rain away and blown
the sky away and all the leaves away,
and the trees stand. I think i too have known
autumn too long
–e. e. cummings, American poet (1894–1962)