For many, Christmas will come as a welcome relief from the social, political and environmental challenges that have occurred this year. For others, the holiday season itself brings fear and discomfort. In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Frodo experiences similar anxiety when facing the uncertainty that lies ahead in life. His success story is a little reminder of hope in this Advent season.
Plenty has been already said about the over-commercialization of Christmas. Around our house, we often quote Lucy from Peanuts that it’s all run by a big eastern syndicate. It’s also well-known that the holidays trigger depression for many people.