Kindle Little Lights

Candle light by Alesa Dam (CC BY-NC-SA)

Candle light by Alesa Dam (CC BY-NC-SA)

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in. ―Leonard Cohen
We usually find that the simplest things―not the great occasions―give off the greatest glow of happiness.
―Bob Hope
How far that little candle throws his beams!
―William Shakespeare



Beneath the glitter of department store displays and twinkling main street lights, the tension of endless errands and family gatherings, winter holidays harbor a sweet secret:

Joy lies in the little things.

Not the details you’re stressing over: gifts and cards, cooking and cleaning, schedules and guests and making appearances. I mean the moments you can’t anticipate: impromptu pajama-clad bonding; unexpected sincerity; shared laughter; beauty in imperfection.

Winter’s shadow is long and cold. The festivities of Yule, Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are small flames we kindle to warm and guide us through this dark season. They’re also happy reminders that sharing our light with others doesn’t diminish our own.

So while you’re busy juggling appointments, wrapping paper, people, and assorted baggage, remember that your effort is a means to an end. Kindle those little lights. Snuggle. Laugh. Eat well. Stay warm. Enjoy your loved ones. Savor the unexpected pleasures of the winter holiday season.


  1. Love the clear insights you bring to us. It is indeed the small, simple things which add such richness to all our lives. Thanks!

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