I haven't been sure what to feel (or write) during this normally happy time of year, since 2012 ended in such horror in a town nearly identical to the Connecticut community I grew up in. All I can say is to spare a thought for those less fortunate, while holding dear to what we have, and looking toward a better future.
Some in my family have toned down their festivities this year. I respect their decision, but we decided to go on with our dinner and homemade apple cake, mini Hong Kong-sized tree and presents for the kids. Enjoying the life we are so lucky to have seemed like the right thing to do.
I couldn't think of a better example of combining charity and high spirits than Letterman's two-decade-long tradition of having the great Darlene Love singing "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" on his show. Proceeds go to Hurricane Sandy victims.
And for more holiday cheer, here's the "Mad Men" Christmas dance. At the I.H.T., we have civilized cocktails at the Foreign Correspondents Club and discuss politics. Why can't our office parties be like this?
Warmest wishes to you and your families heading into 2013.