When the calendar year starts winding down to its logical conclusion, the holidays ensue. In some sense it’s too bad that Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas & New Year’s Day are such a mash-up crammed in ungainly fashion into just 33 days this year.

Given the year we’ve had, we’ll take it. Knowing what’s coming up, let’s enjoy the holidays more than ever.

Many of us gather on Christmas in thanks for the birth of Jesus Christ or to celebrate Hanukkah’s miracle of the day’s supply of oil that lasted for eight days. We’ll get caught up in all kinds of other activities: decorating for the holidays, planning family gatherings, shopping, seeing family and friends, creating and checking off lists, and perhaps, taking a little time off to decompress.

In a perfect world the holidays give us a time to gather, celebrate, break bread, raise a toast, gather in prayer and see the delight and amazement of the season as reflected in the eyes of a child.

Here’s to an eventful 2019, and the hope of a peaceful and improving 2020.

Michael Beightol, Publisher



About the Cover: Jen Egan decorates the tree at Wauconda Market, a new seasonal pop-up shop at Main St. Center.  Photo: Stephen Neilson