Thursday, December 22, 2011

Enjoy the Darkness

Happy Winter Solstice -- the official day when the axial tilt of the planet's polar hemisphere is farthest away from the star it orbits. Our star, of course, is the sun, and the Winter Solstice officially marks the shortest day and longest night of the year.  It's no wonder that light reigns supreme during this season.  Whether the glow comes from the soft flicker of Hanukkah or Kwanzaa candles, a roaring fire in the grate, or the the twinkle of Christmas trees, we all need the comfort of a little extra illumination about now.  But, don't chase away the magic of darkness completely.  Enjoy the peace and velvet quiet inherent in the longer nights.  Sleep deeply, rest, and breathe in the serenity of this deep, dark winter, even as you light it up. 


  1. As we buried ourselves into our blankets last night, one of our neighborhood owls began hooting loudly from the oak tree outside our window. We often hear them, only they usually hoot softly. I think this noisy guy last night, though, was celebrating the dark!

  2. Lol . . . I think you may be right! It was the night of owls, if there ever was one.