The traditions we perpetuate, the parties we attend and the recipes we prepare give us a touchstone to another year gone. But it is in the faces and smiles and sounds of children, the weight of them against us as we cuddle up, that remind us that life is short and our time with our children is brief, that they grow up and out and away. That knowledge is what has me clinging to the holidays as a time of connection to my family, friends and loved ones.
Not for the stuff. Not for the stuffing. Nothing but the closeness of human beings together. My people. My tribe. My loves.
Jamie Lee Curtis -- Newsweek online