New year, new hope

Welcome to The Holy Days! Thank you for joining us as we embark on this new venture and this new year. As we close the chapter called 2020, I am dazed by the whirlwind of changes it brought, not only to us but to the whole world. Global pandemic, political and economic upheaval, and lifestyle changes that are new territory for many. Our relationships look different now, whether through distance in feet or miles or the emotional distance brought on by fear. And all of this would be enough in itself, but 2020 also brought natural disasters that have displaced families and changed the landscape of their lives.

In the midst of this, I have an added layer of newness, though one with a happier shade: we welcomed our first child, a beautiful son, in September. Now nearly four months old, Jaron is thriving. We are so excited to begin this crazy journey of parenting, which brings with it opportunities for growth and perspective we never had before. With so many changes, especially with children to care for, we all need hope. We need the peace that comes through life rhythms and the joy from celebrations. We need to know who we are and where we came from so we know where all this is going.

With a little one, the practice of annual traditions surrounding holidays takes on a greater importance. For one thing, we want to pass on the story of our family identity, both culturally and in Christ. For another, life now moves at unrelenting speed and these familiar observances are grounding and centering as we mark the passage of time. We set our values as a family, and the simple rituals of our daily lives reinforce and remind of those values.

So in 2021, I invite you to join us as we celebrate the seasons and bring a little creative order back into the chaos of life. We hope you will find inspiration for starting your own practices to bring your family together around the table. Amid the darkening skies, tradition is a candle of hope that warms us all.