Light plays a central role in our lives, a single, simple symbol powerful enough to shine hope upon each and everyone of us. From the Star of Bethlehem to the twinkling lights outside our house it speaks a universal language of hope. Today is Christmas. People of all religions around the world will light their candles to celebrate the miracles of their faith. Where there is light, there is hope. On this early Christmas morning, before I slide the turkey into the oven, my hope for all of you is a peaceful New Year.