As the sun reaches her least-visible arc, candles and fires are lit. People come together to enjoy ancient rituals, eat favorite treats, and share good wishes. This impulse is ancient and primal. It comforts us, marking the moment when the days start to lengthen again. We remind ourselves that brightness and blue skies will return.

For now, we hunker down and make our world shine brightly.

So I say to you, don't stint on the candles, the cheer, and most importantly, on the chance to share whatever joy you can muster with those around you.

Please enjoy this holiday season. Life is a gift, and we don't know what's ahead. Let's take a moment to celebrate.