"In the general uproar of gifts and unwinding of wrappers it was always a delight to me to step out on the porch
or even go up the street a ways at 1:00 in the morning and listen to the silent hum of heaven diamond stars,
watch the red and green windows of homes, consider the trees that seemed frozen in devotion, and think over
the events of another year passed."
Jack Kerouac, Not Long Ago Joy Abounded at Christmas,
Oliphant Press, 1972 / first published in the World Telegram and Sun, Dec. 5, 1957
Jack Kerouac jams with the band at The Artist's Club New
year's Eve Party on December 31, 1958 in New York