On this shortest day of the year, it's good to light a candle. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all, please join me in lighting a candle (or three or ten) in your home tonight.
And then light a candle in your heart. Light a candle against the deeper darkness that has nothing to do with when the sun sets. Light a candle in your heart, and call it justice. Call it hope. Call it freedom, love, peace, joy, or whatever shines brightest for you against the world's darkness.
And then keep that candle lit throughout 2012. This is my holiday wish for you: Don't let the light go out.