A happy Yule to those who celebrate it. My own celebrations were a touch early this year, but I still make a point of noting the solstice when it occurs. Shortest day of the year, folks. And while that thought may not be particularly comforting when you look out the window and see how dark it is at suppertime, just remember that the days will be getting longer and brighter from here on out. And that’s a cheerful thought indeed.