Monday, December 21, 2009
A Light for the Solstice
Today marks the Winter Solstice - the longest night of the year. It's only fitting that we as humans light a candle against the intense darkness that will seem to last forever. The snow still blankets the ground here, and the intense cold gives the remaining snowpiles a distinctive CRUNCH. The temps will rise as the solstice ends, and minute by minute daylight will lengthen as we move toward the spring.
It will be a week of holiday preparations as I begin the holiday cooking this morning. A few traditional dishes, our annual cheesecake, last minute errands, and a few more shelves tidied and organized (this chore will last throughout spring too I'm afraid! LOL). Our celebrations will be modified this year - the reality of the recession, family distances and circumstances being what they are. And yet, the solemnity and joy of the occasion remain.
It's Christmas ....a holy time.