If you live in the northern hemisphere, you can notice the late dawns and early sunsets, and the low arc of the sun across the sky each day. You might notice how low the sun appears in the sky at local noon. And be sure to look at your noontime shadow. Around the time of the December solstice, it’s your longest noontime shadow of the year.

Its December 22nd… the shortest day of the year.

Today, as we scurry around to prepare for Christmas day, it may seem like there is not enough time to accomplish all of the things we want and need to do. Winter Solstice is the beginning of winter and the return of the sun and I’m still sitting here, talking about the weather (oh, well). Ohio’s weather is very unpredictable. We Ohioans jokingly say that we can sometimes see all four seasons in the same day. It may or may not be an exact science, but it does give us more to talk about.

I wonder what my Mom and dad were doing 70 years ago on this date? I also, wonder what they did to commemorate the day? They would have been small children, excited about Christmas and who knows what else. With snowball fights or perhaps maybe building sandcastles or even making mud-pies? Sitting around the fireplace, reading stories? I’m trying to start a new tradition on this day, to decorate my greenhouse. Just enjoying the sun. How do you commemorate the shortest day of the year? How do you welcome the sun?

Happy Solstice!

Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts. ~ Lenora Mattingly Weber

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