There is a hopefulness about a “new” year, that it might bring something huge, wonderful, or uplifting. Mostly, though, it’s not spectacular. We wish all the ordinary blessings – good health, a light heart, success in your efforts, and peace of mind. We wish for rising above all the bad news and politics and remembering to be grateful for what’s OK in this old world.

Here’s our favorite holiday thought from our old pal, Anonymous: What seems fairest as life goes by is the love and grace and tenderness of it – not its wit and cleverness, but just the laughter of children, the friendship of friends, the closeness of community, conversations, twinkling lights and music. Happy New Year.