Our family for many years has practiced a gratitude ritual together on the evening of the longest night of the year. We gather around the fireplace with a basket full of new pillar candles and make ourselves comfortable. Then, one by one, we speak aloud the many things we are grateful for in the past year. Even the kids take a long time about this, because even teenagers who ordinarily complain a great deal know that there is much in our lives to celebrate.
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