12/27/2010 02:39 pm ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

It's Always Darkest ...

A solstice twinned with a lunar eclipse is a powerful reminder of the need for hope when times, and seasons, are dark. Add blizzards to keep it interesting.

President Obama lightens this season with foundations for hope to power the work ahead, as friends do with greetings which span belief and hope.

Alan Alda adds humor and humanity to that hope in The Meaning of Laughter ... and Other Things, our video Conversation with him as charmed and engaging as his life, revisited in his two splendid memoirs*.

We bring you his gift for living life well, with our every good wishes of the season, regardless of what you call it. Or, as a dear cousin says, Happy Merry!

*--Never Have Your Dog Stuffed and Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself