The holiday season is especially meant for children, good food and excellent company. All of which I immersed myself into with indulgent pleasure yesterday. Surrounded by happy, healthy, well-fed little kids brings a special joy to my heart and makes me yearn for my own grandchildren so very far away celebrating in their own homes with family and friends. I miss you all very much. The pictures above take me back to my own boyhood, celebrating with my extended family in similar Hispanic fashion: Tamales steaming on an open fire, laughter, everyone busy preparing food, gossiping, cooking and eating. The kids all underfoot. This special scene is repeated all over Spanish-Speaking America. Hundreds of millions of families sharing a common bond and an ancient heritage veiled in the indigenous mists of time.