Today is the winter solstice for the northern hemisphere.
We have 9 hours of daylight between sunrise and sunset where I live today.
By Jan. 21, we'll have another 45 minutes of daylight and by the summer solstice, a whopping hours 16 and 1/2 hours of sunlight.
Since I'm a little bit solar-powered, I look forward to more daylight!
(And I apologize to everyone north of me for ever thinking our days are short. 9 hours of daylight sounds pretty long to me.)
So the shortest day came,
And the year died
And everywhere down the centuries
Of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing
To drive the dark away
They lighted candles in the winder trees;
They hung their homes with evergreens;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
to keep the year alive.
And when the new year's sunshine blazed awake
they shouted, revelling,
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
echoing behind us- Listen!
All the long echos sing the same delight
this shortest day
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks
and hope for peace
And so do we, here, now...
- Susan Cooper (Excerpt from "The Shortest Day")
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