As you prepare to open presents or old family grievances, ski deep powder or skate on thin ice, visit or avoid family, schlep the local trails on skis or snowshoes or sled them, offer praise or gift giving advice, hoist a tankard of ale or down some eggnog (alarmingly, 'chicken milk' in French), sink into your armchair or a tree well, reflect on the joys or the sorrows of the last year, shed a tear of joy or sadness or both, feel happy on your own or ill at ease in a crowd, find yourself surrounded with too much or too little of what you do or do not want or need, watch old movies or old memories drift past your eyes, drink or abstain, gorge on turkey of tofurkey (alarmingly, 'turkey soy milk' in French), please accept our best wishes.
There are a lot of things to do this season and a lot of ways to do those things, but one thing ties us all together: the hope of peace and goodwill to all men, women, and children. All good things for all people.
This week, in order to allow ourselves some time to spend with family and friends, we're offering you a little news and a miscellany of Christmas content from our brother and sister papers: some seasonal green advice, a report on arctic feminism, a story from Dickens to read aloud to your offspring. Next week we'll be offering up a special end-of-the-year edition.
In the meantime, a merry, happy, jolly, joyous Hannukah Christmas Winter Solstice Kwanzaa to each and everyone of you.