Truth be told, it's hard to be merry this year. I don't think I'm the only one who feels this. The malls and markets have been noticeably less crowded this holiday season. The senseless deaths of so many children in Connecticut weigh on the mind, as does the grotesque reaction by our supposed betters. (If there's a reason to be thankful, I guess that I'm thankful I'm not the sort of person who reacts to an awful tragedy by blaming the freakin' NRA).
Still, Christmas is supposed to be a time when you remember that your problems are not what's important. There is a broader world out there, and others who are counting on us to help them get through it.