Whether you celebrate Christmas as the day Jesus was born . . .
Whether this is a time when giving fills you up . . .
Whether you gather your family and friends close . . .
Whether the lighting of a single candle for the Festival of Lights is your tradition . . .
Whether the shortest day of the year brings you time to reflect . . .
Whether the attributes of Kwanzaa tie you to your history in rich and real ways . . .
Whether the ancient tradition of Yule lights your fireplace . . .
In whatever way you celebrate this holiday season, my wish for you this Christmas is that you feel the joy of quiet light, the strength of people who love you, and the hope that comes wrapped in tiny packages.
And if this season is hard for you, may you cry just the tears you need and may you find warmth that reaches you even in the sorrow.