I use no calender to recognize December. The temperature is cooler, shorter time for play. Roadside red and white, are colors of the holiday.
The arms of the clock go round and round, the moon comes up, the sun goes down. Every cycle, flower, fruit and seed. Each season there to read.
There is a misconception that areas of a very temperate climate do not experience a change of seasons, that the days go on one pretty much like another. In the United States those places are perceived to be be Florida, Arizona, California and around the globe it would be similar latitudes like the Mediterranean. Friends in New York and Boston voice sorrow for those that live in California where life must be so boring with the weather so consistent. Every day being the same. No they would not care for that. Their year is diveded by 4 distinctive times. There is no subtlety along the Atlantic shore or westward through Pennsylvania and Ohio as the seasons change. Stark and grey, solid oak and ash, leafless branches tangled clacking in January wind or the glorious gold and auburn afterglow of August afternoon. In western states livestock grow thick with hair, rabbits turn to white, seasons turn and prairies bloom with golden grain again. In fact all climates show a change as seasons rotate through the year, even in the tropics.
Hawaii is situated in the sub-tropics. Temperatures may only shift about 10 degrees between summer and winter and the growing season is year round. As in every environment plants and animals find a niche. The reproductive cycle of one plant will differ from that of another. Lychee, oranges, mango each bear fruit in a different season. It’s well known that flowers have their preferences. Summers bloom slowly fades, long through autumn days then winter bursts one day in dazzling display. In Hawaiian time nature is the clock.
Through Holualoa and along the old Mamalahoa Highway at a 1’000 ft. el. on the Big Island of Hawaii winter has arrived. Christmas Berry, Snow Bush and Poinsettia all say so. A holiday display in red and white. Now December.