For me, the end of the year and the holidays equate with family time. Maybe it started with the traditional Christmas, Santa and all that, but now it's become more than that, something deeper. Growing up Cuban, we always had big family gatherings with aunts and uncles, cousins, grandma and lots of Cuban and Lebanese food. It often happened on random weekends, not just during holidays.
Now, this is the time that my three children, away most of the year, return. Anna, my wife, shows her excitement. A warm Maine fire, skating on the pond, gathering with friends, and good cooking, dominate the season. It's a time when inner feelings gain strength and I marvel at the complexity of our society and the incomprehensible universe. I take joy in the good and become sad at the horrors.
Most of all, I am thankful for everything and everyone I have in my life at this moment. I wish you such wonderful feelings as well! Happy Holidays!
-Jose Azel, founder and president, Aurora Photos