Merry and bright!

“Ordinary people… They love money, they always did… Humans love money, be it made of leather or paper, bronze or gold. Yes, they are silly… but then… they can be kind as well… just human… On the whole, they haven’t changed that much…” (Satan in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov)

My dear humans,

It’s Christmas time and I want to thank you for being there, for being you… No, we haven’t changed: the other day I searched the Internet for Christmas issues of the popular magazines… And know what? We’re still the same!

We still like to go buy a tree…

and decorate it…

not without some difficulties…

We do the last-minute shopping…

wrap the presents…

send the greetings…

and wait for the magic…

We get together, for a talk and a laugh, a meal and a dance…

But why? Surely not because of baby Jesus, may he be blessed in spite of all the mess that followed his birth! So why, then? Why flock together and do all the merry-making in the middle of a long, cold winter? Well, I suppose the answer is “to get warm”. And who says “warmth”, says “light”. And who says “light”, says “hope”. You know, it’s no coincidence that the symbolic birth of Jesus falls so close to the winter solstice: in the darkest hour people come together looking for a new hope, and behold! – the light comes back, the days begin to grow longer bringing a promise of spring, of life, of plenty… After all, we are just human. We all need a sparkle of hope when all lights go out.

So here is to you, my dear humans! To you who go on, to you who do their best, to you who keep hoping beyond all hope, let us be merry, let us come together and light up the night! Let us share the warmth, the joy and the promise of better days to come!

Love and peace!






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