As I write the snow is gently falling outside my bedroom window in the early morning of Christmas Day. My family is sound asleep and, as the old saying goes, not a creature was stirring, not even my sister’s new dog. It is in this quiet moment, looking at the tree my mother beautifully decorated, thinking about the Christmas Eve meal her and my father slaved over, all of the relatives who came with warm wishes and merry hearts, of all the relatives I’ve yet to see on this white Christmas Day. The culmination of these ruminations find myself nearly overcome with emotion. I did nothing to deserve this, to deserve the love and affection of so many, to have so many great friends, to have such a great life. Christmas is my favorite holiday but it is because it carries such weight, such a lesson of humility when the scope of human love and kindness is factored in that I know even as the years pass, as old faces are replaced with new, the memories of Christmases past, the joy of Christmas present, and the promise of the Christmases of tomorrow will always be there, forever.
With that, my friend, I wish you and yours the merriest Christmas and the happiest New Years! May your holiday season be filled with harmony and affection, that the worries of today are always far outweighed by the joys, and that the glow of spending days with those you love the most remain with you the whole year through.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!