As the days grow shorter and the darkness seems longer, we\u2019re all looking for a light to guide us to a better place. Some look to the star that points the way to the birthplace of a savior. Some find it in a lamp that exceeds all expectations. The youngest and most innocent find it in the anticipation of a special visit from a saint bearing gifts, perhaps led by a reindeer with a magical red nose. It\u2019s not by accident that these festivals of light are held during nature\u2019s darkest time, when cold begins to set in and sunlight wanes. There\u2019s also a metaphor involved. No matter how dark it seems, it will get light again. Better days are ahead, if one only believes. That belief sometimes needs a spark, a light on the horizon symbolized by a menorah, a candle in the window, an angel atop a tree, a light-up Santa waving hello from a neighboring yard. It shouldn\u2019t matter to which light we journey. All offer a light during a time of darkness, and at the source of that light the warmth of love shared with family and friends. Those we could always use more of. Once bathed in that light, perhaps we can find a hope for ourselves and for all mankind, realize that we\u2019re more similar than we are different, and embrace and accept that we might all choose different paths to reach the light that will end our darkness. Perhaps it\u2019s the birth of Jesus, in a manger under a brilliant star, that gives us hope and helps us share a love that is pure and unconditional. Maybe it\u2019s eight candles that recall a miracle when all seemed lost. It could even be the visit from Ol\u2019 St. Nick, whose lessons of goodness and sharing never seem to age. Whatever holiday one celebrates, enjoy it with friends and family, and remember that love among us all is at the root. Greet each other, and feel free to say \u201cMerry Christmas,\u201d \u201cHappy Hanukah,\u201d \u201cSeason\u2019s Greetings,\u201d or \u201cHappy Holidays.\u201d We should all be free to share our goodwill as we wish, without anyone feeling slighted. What\u2019s important is that we share time with each other, and perhaps join together in seeking the light. The sooner we accept each other, the sooner we can realize peace on earth, and show good will to men.