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The holiday season's best ad, for a Polish online auction site, is a tender, artful, droll look at a solitary older man determinedly learning English for a purpose revealed only at the end. Behind its soft charm lies a hard truth: In a season focused on the blessed gathering of family and giving of gifts, the ad poignantly reminds us, it's also what Dickens called a time "when want is keenly felt." This year, that's especially true for the many thousands of immigrants and refugees far from home - almost a million Poles who have left seeking work, over 10,000 unaccompanied children from Syria and elsewhere who have fled seeking safety, untold numbers of those alone and without, often in a strange land. Hug your kids if you're lucky enough to be with them, and spread the joy.