It’s not often the community is able to celebrate Hanukkah and the Christmas season together in a public way, but that’s what will happen Friday with the annual Holiday Stroll. The festivities begin at 4 in Wilton Center with the lighting of the sixth candle of the menorah, marking the sixth night of the eight-night Jewish holiday. Then, at 5, the lights will be switched on for the Christmas tree.
The key here is light. At this time of year when the days are short and the nights are long — there’s about four fewer hours of daylight than in June — the darkness can be overwhelming. Add to that the darkness of events that pop up in the news seemingly every day — shootings, climatic disasters, racist atrocities — and the weight of it all can be heavy on our shoulders and our minds.