Christmas… A jewel with many facets: celebration, family, faith, community, lights, food, booze, moments that we will never forget. And to each facet, a flip side: sorrow, rancor, doubt, loneliness, darkness, excess.

They teeter-totter back and forth. Sometimes the good is up, sometimes it’s down. Here’s hoping, this Christmas, that your balance tips the right way — not a random process, I might add. Whoever you are, however tightly fate has got you, you still have a say in your holiday. Reach for the good side of Christmas, grab and raise it up. Never forget the importance of giving back, being grateful and thank for what you have and who you are.

Happy Holidays!