Thursday, December 22, 2011

Our Darkest Hour

Well, it's our darkest hour, not in the sense of doom and gloom, just in the sense of how much light we have.
Today is officially the winter solstice -- the day we have the fewest hours of daylight in the northern hemisphere. Good thing all those Christmas lights are turned on.
Some people dread the coming months of winter as the holiday season ends and the long, shrill month of January begins. Then February, the shortest month of all, seems to last forever as gray days drag on.
Both those things are true about January and February, but what is also true is that each morning, the sun peeks above the horizon a little earlier, and each evening it lingers in the western sky a few minutes longer -- starting now!
This is the shortest day of the year.
Okay, it's a small hope to hold onto, but if it helps me survive the winter while rejoicing in each extra moment of daylight then so be it.
Enjoy your winter solstice and the coming extra minutes of daylight.

4 comments:

judi said...

now each day is a step closer to Spring! Hooray!!!

Stephanie said...

I'm with you on this one. It IS very hopeful. I need more daylight!

Just Me said...

Nice picture - you are so funny.

Linda said...

I always look forward to Dec. 22nd when the days start getting longer. It gets dark here at 4:30 in the afternoon and that just seems to early. Better than Norway though.

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