26 December 20XX
My Dear Lucilius:
Boxing Day! Yes, I know, two missives in two days – but if there is anyone that will keep these minor holidays alive it will be us.
It just so happened that young Xerxes came by to check in this very afternoon. In a fit of holiday spirit I gifted him with a bit of coffee and a chocolate in a bag and sent him on his way. He had no idea why I was giving this to him, so of course I had to explain Boxing Day (which he had never heard of). I am not completely sure he believed that it was a real thing, but to say that he was grateful is an understatement. Such things seem luxuries when a few months ago – or an age ago, it was – they were common place.
I know you will find me a fool for doing such a thing – after all, we are in the dead of Winter after an economic and societal collapse with no indication of when – or if – it will end. And perhaps, in a real and meaningful way, you are right.
But if civilization is to restart, it will never be by decree or fiat (it never has been, of course: emperors and kings cannot decree it so in the past, no matter what their desires). It will be the connection of a thousand strands of self-interest and kindness that sometimes have little to do with the building of anything except the human spirit.
And fortunately for all of us, kindness is a gift that is never out of style.