As the calendar year comes to a close, we begin to note a change in our routine. The shorter days have compelled the inner hermit to emerge as our energy has dwindled, the frantic countdown to holiday and travel dates has created a frenetic pace, and we find ourselves pulled in a dozen different directions.  Our focus becomes external as we contemplate the many conflicting demands, joyous (yet stressful) that December signals.  December is a...