Wishing you and yours a blessed, warm, and safe Yuletide on this shortest day. This greeting was printed inside my first Dona Nobis Pacem card in 2000, the first year I produced it as a personal card. I was having a lot of fun with my new parallel pen!
This year, winter solstice observances are modest, as I am working round the clock in the studio to finish a rush job, between naps to ward off the obligatory winter respiratory plague. We will gather the family this evening for a quiet circle and share stories, a tradition I learned from my Persian friend who tells me that their celebration of the winter solstice, yalda, is marked by storytelling into the night. Apart from all the revelry and glitz, it is good to remember this quiet, inward time, the dark of gestation and the seed of a new hope for the new year. Peace is the seed I plant this year. May it be so for you!