With the arrival of the Winter Solstice, we in the northern hemisphere get hit with a good news / bad news scenario.
The cheery, mood brightening part of the equation is the fact that the shortest day of the year is behind us and our time will be filled with progressively more sun. The chilly flip side of the coin is that we're soon to be hit with the season's full arsenal of snow and bitter cold.
It's the perfect occasion for a little celebratory or conciliatory song and dance, depending on your outlook. Here's a YouTube clip from a favorite childhood program that was charming in its extreme kitsch ... perfectly capturing this moment's contradiction: