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It's winter solstice for those of us in the northern hemisphere - after today the days are getting longer. That always seems like a good reason to celebrate here, where the winter day length is only 6 hours, 14 minutes.
And for those in the southern hemisphere, today is the longest day, and the days will soon be getting shorter.
Today is a beautiful day here: we had fresh snow this morning, and now the sun is out! It's only about -4° C, which is a perfect winter temperature.
Just like a baby learning to smile after those challenging first weeks, this moment of turning back toward longer days comes just in time. The wait is rewarded!
The last week of darkest days always feels like white-knuckle time to me. By New Year we will be noticing the brightening difference. Great enough reason to celebrate! A cheer for the return of the light, and Happy Solstice to all, because it comes to all whether they celebrate or not.
Happy Anniversary to tardis and a happy solstice to everybody else.
Here both sunrise and sunset get a bit later for a couple of weeks before the shortening days become obvious.
>8 hfglen: Here too (or the inverse--they get shorter for another week or two; the lengthening of the day again isn't obvious until later in January.)
I actually rather enjoy these weeks around the Winter Solstice. It feels like a breather for nature, a short time to rest and let go of the past time of growth before gearing up for the next one. I've tried to internalize that in my life, and it has helped--the dark feels more companionable, like a friend with whom you can sit quietly and not have to speak.
Happy Solstice and all the other possible holiday celebrations that are part of this time of year! Just want to wish the best of the season to everyone here!
Many thanks for the fun, the book recommendations, and the friendships that you have all shared in 2017! I look forward to the new year with great hopes for everyone's health and well-being.
Light up your trees so that the wandering sun will come back to see what a grand party we're having!
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