Volume I / Issue 12 — 22 December 2020
This past year brought about many challenges. At times, we have seen the very best of our humanity as we came together to support frontline and essential workers. At other times, we have shown the depth of our fear and frustration as we fought whenever we felt our individual beliefs were threatened. Patience was not just needed, it was essential to surviving the times.
Historically, the end of the year has been a period of offering. We offer gifts in celebration of various holidays or food as part of our traditional gatherings. For a few days at the end of the year, we find ourselves offering “glad tidings and cheer” to one another, as we move through our days a little lighter, with a little more promise of tomorrow.
While the holiday season can feel stressful or lonely for some, it can also be a beacon of hope. In this season of offerings, whether you feel joyful for the celebration of Christmas or Hanukkah, the Winter Solstice or Kwanzaa, or even the incoming new year, I offer you heartfelt gratitude for your support this year and glad tidings and cheer for what’s to come.
With best wishes for the holiday season and a very Happy New Year,
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“He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk—that anything—could give him so much happiness.”
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol –