It's Yule (Aka the solstice, midwinter, "insert local name here") in the Northern Hemisphere and one of my favorite nights of the year because of the message we humans have attributed to it across cultures and millenia:
Another year and a repeat quote from my paper journal December 21st, 2001 entry:
"Tonight is Yule-- the longest night of the year.
Tonight reminds us that even the darkest of nights are followed by light, and that even in the worst of times, we have hope. No night is so dark that day will never follow.
...so long as we have hope, it will never truly be dark."
You might not know it, but many of you have been my light in the past, either through your posts, books, comments, texts, or just by being you.
You are all incredible.
On this solstice, I wish you all lives full of light and hope, as bright as the brightest stars in the sky.