The darkest days of the year are upon us. Though the setting sun lingers a few minutes longer than it did a week ago, so does sunrise, as the winter solstice approaches.
And yet the town is ablaze, from Harvard’s tree on the Common to the brightly lit homes of our neighborhoods, to the decorated pines and spruces within that one glimpses
on a cold nighttime drive.
How wonderfully human that we’ve made the year’s nadir a season of light and a time of hope, as we anticipate the new year and its promise—though perhaps illusory—of a fresh start and an end to the pandemic that has played havoc with our lives for 10 straight months.
As you celebrate the holidays in whatever ways you can with friends and families, we wish you all the joys of the season and the gifts of good health and happiness in the new year. And we wish—and hope—for our troubled country and planet, wherever you live, whatever your faith, the blessings of Peace on Earth.