Happy Holidays, Everyone!
I both love and dread the holiday season. The older I get, year's end seems to arrive with greater frequency, with it's drumbeat of consumerism. As much as I'd like to do so, I'm in no position to play Santa Claus for everybody I know. These days I'm holding my own, which in a stagnant economy is better than many.
I grew up in New England , where the winters could be fierce. The best thing about living through four seasons is that after an extended winter, you realize that as late as it sometimes arrives, there is always a spring.
With 7 billion people struggling to survive in a planet beset by global warming and financial earthquakes, we are facing extraordinary challenges over the next few years, akin to what our parents wrestled with while confronting the Great Depression, World War II and the chance of instant nuclear annihilation.
Yet because our own threats are slow moving, they are harder to recognize. Can we muster the fortitude and foresight to rise to the occasion? Our parents survived their crises. I'm optimistic that we will too.
Christmas is by far my favorite holiday. I love the tale behind it, although as a writer I recognize that it's been embellished over the years. The best part of the story is that it offers hope. No matter how dark life appears, the innocence and boundless energy of a new babe can serve to inspire.
I've been fortunate enough for the first part of my life, and over the last three decades, to be able to share this holiday with my family. During the past 18 years, I've had the good company of my significant other, Carolisa Pomerantz. I even managed to bring her home for Christmas.
This time of year, my heart goes out to those who are alone, because intimate relationships are at the center of this season. Without the sustenance of love, it's hard to be optimistic in winter's darkest days. After months of watching the sun retreat from our sky, Christmas represents the day on which we are sure is that there is a turnaround. Light and warmth are coming back.
In the spirit of the holidays, I wish everybody a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyous Kwanzaa.
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Anti-Aging Diary c. 2011 Checkmate Pictures - Paul M. J. Suchecki, Editor picture of Paul Suchecki by Carolisa Pomerantz