The early Christian leaders certainly had a flair for the dramatic. They set the birth of Christ "In the Bleak Midwinter", when the cold dark is at is greatest length, to illustrate the metaphor of the rebirth of hope and light when it seems the furthest away.

Whether you have deep faith or none at all, Merry Christmas to you all, in the spirit of the season. Let us renew our pledge to love freely, believe in the potential of the future, and work without ceasing for peace on earth...