Today, Winter solstice, is one of my favorite days of the year. From this day until June the days will start being longer. I took the picture here yesterday around 5:00. It’s dark out there, really dark.
I’m not a morning person so having long days where I can be outside in the evening is something I enjoy. Plus, I don’t like to drive when it is so dark outside so short days make for less time to be out and about.
In times past pagan cultures celebrated Winter solstice in a variety of ways, but times have changed. The ancient gods of winter have transformed into more modern depictions. Old Man Winter or Jack Frost now personifies the season.
I like Jack Frost the best. He is typically viewed as a mischievous boy who bites the noses of people to give them a chill.
With Christmas day just around the corner winter loses some of its bite, at least for a few days. And, as we enter the winter season here in the Northern hemisphere, I console myself with “tomorrow the sun will set later in the day and soon it will still be light outside my patio door at 5:00.”
Okay, it might be light with snow falling, but hey, at least I will be able to see it.
By the time I post another blog 2016 will be in our rear view mirror. Wishing you the best in the coming year. Life is good.