No matter your religious or spiritual beliefs, I'm going to guess you love twinkling lights. This time of year, they start popping up just about everywhere you go, mostly white, sometimes blue or green or red or multi-colored, but always beautiful, always spreading a sense of happiness, warmth and hope. Most people are hanging lights because it's Christmas, but I was doing a little reading, and it occurred to me - light factors into almost every single one of the winter holidays. Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Sankrati...the list goes on. On the shortest days of the year, while the earth lies sleeping beneath the chill in preparation for rebirth, no matter who we are, we have one connecting interest - light. We seek it, we crave it, it comforts us, it warms us, it promises new beginnings. We light candles and lanterns, we string bulbs and build fires, and together, all of us around the world, we wait. We listen. We dream.