Today is one of my favorite days of the year, the day after the Winter Solstice. Even though I’m a night person, I thrive in sunlight, and these short days and early nights can really get me down. But today, is the day of change! Today, it all starts getting better! From now on (at least until the Summer Solstice), we can sit back and watch as the days stretch little by little. So this winter, look at the clock when the sun sets every day. Or glance at the sky at 4:30 p.m. as the days pass and watch as it stays brighter and brighter.
Don’t let the cold weather get you down. Instead, enjoy the shortening of the nighttime and the lengthening of the lighttime! Feel the excitement!
“Yule, is when the dark half of the year relinquishes to the light half. Starting the next morning at sunrise, the sun climbs just a little higher and stays a little longer in the sky each day. Known as Solstice Night, or the longest night of the year, much celebration was to be had…Bonfires were lit in the fields, and crops and trees were “wassailed” with toasts of spiced cider.”
As John Donne says, the winter solstice “tis the year’s midnight.” Now we can watch for the dawn!