Thursday, December 16, 2010

Moving Towards the Darkest Night

While Yule or the Winter Solstice is not quite upon us yet, I am really struck by how late in the morning the sun rises and how early it sets. Every year this miracle of nature happens and each year I am in wonder of it. Such long periods of darkness could be depressing I suppose. However, there are many things about these long nights that I love.

Since the sun doesn't rise until nearly 7:30, nearly anyone who wants can partake in the beauty of the sunrise. There is no need to arise by 4:00 or 4:30 AM, like in the summer to catch this display of intense oranges, pinks and purples and an ever lightening sky.

We get to close out the day a wee bit early by enjoying the sunset - a similar array of vibrancy in the western sky.

We have long cozy evenings in our homes with the ones we love.

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