Joy shall be yours
“Villagers all, this frosty tide,
Let your doors swing open wide,
Though wind may follow, and snow beside,
Yet draw us in by your fire to bide;
Joy shall be yours in the morning!”
— Kenneth Grahame, from The Wind in the Willows
Christmas Eve has long been my favorite day of the year, but I have some dark and heavy memories associated with that day as well. Perhaps this is appropriate to the theme of “joy in the morning.” Whether your fireside tonight is real or only imagined, I hope you will pull up a chair and draw near, literally or deep in your heart, to loved ones and happy memories. I wish you an evening filled with all that is best about this season, and most of all, I wish you great joy in the morning.