The Shortest Day

Perhaps it is the lost customs of long past generations but I always feel that the winter solstice is worth acknowledging. The shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere is usually 21st December but this year it was 20th December and so I acknowledge it after it has passed. At 11.12 a.m. the sun was the furthest from the northern hemisphere and since then it has been getting closer, bit by bit. It is now a time of hope for although the weather will get colder as the earth cools and there is less intense sunlight striking these latitudes, the days now get longer and will eventually get warmer. The extra daylight is most welcome, as it can be sad to go about your affairs when there is so little daylight in the day and so much darkness in our waking hours.