On December 24th some will have already lit the menorah with the first candle of Chanukah as others make their way to midnight Mass and leave cookies and milk for Santa.
Chanukah will continue through Christmas and Kwanzaa begins on December 26, also with lighting of candles. Both Kwanzaa and Chanukah end with the start of 2017.
Different cultures, different belief systems, but all of these are rich in traditions and hope. A time to gather with friends and family. And, of course, gifts!
Whether you contemplate the story of Chanukah, the birth of Christ, or reflect on the principles of Kwanzaa, I hope we can all take a moment to think of others and ways to ensure:
Peace on earth, goodwill toward all!