“The light teaches you to convert life into a festive promenade.”

The Winter Solstice is official at 6:03 EST tonight, the longest night and the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere. We are moving back to the light.

It always seemed unfair somehow when darkness came so early. We had the street light curfew so winter afternoons for playing outside were short, and if it was cold or snowy or windy, we sometimes didn’t go out at all. We played games, watched TV, did our homework and read. The afternoons felt endless. Supper always seemed to be late, deeper into the early evening, but it wasn’t. The early darkness fooled us.

Today is the same as yesterday, a grey day, and it’s cold so I’m glad I don’t have to go anywhere. The inside Christmas lights are lit so the house looks bright. Multi-colored lights are my favorites for the tree though I do put a strand of white lights around the trunk, starlights in the middle of the tree. My window lights are white candles, bright white candles, which shine in a circle of light above the bulbs.

It is easy to create beauty this time of year. The tree is in my living room in the same spot it always is. Sometimes I stand at the edge of the room just to look at it. I’m always taken by how lovely it looks, a bit of bias I suspect. My dining room is lit by the window candles and by the small tree in the corner. The table runner is bright red and green. The centerpiece is a tree made of blocks. Each row is a word or phrase spelled out in the blocks. All of them have to do with Christmas. It was once my mother’s. My kitchen has a red pepper bunch of lights and a string of scallop shell lights. I never mind going from room to room to turn them on. Their light is welcome especially tonight.

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12 Comments on ““The light teaches you to convert life into a festive promenade.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Today and tomorrow will be equally short here but after that it finally turns. My neighbor has put up some extra lights on their cottage and I have finally put up my lights on the garage. I took the ones I had in the apple tree because the sockets are protected against any rain or melting water since they hang under the garage roof. I might by more tomorrow if there isn’t too many people out shpping early in the morning.

    No idea to have a street light cerfew here, I wouldn’t make it home after school this time of year if we’d had that 🙂 So it was 8 pm for us.

    I need some more colors here indoors so I hope I can find some nice poinsettias tomorrow, or anything with bright colors 🙂 I hope the roads will be much better tomorrow than they were today, I’ve read about loads of car crashes in the papers because of black ice. I was at home all day so it didn’t bother me 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      The light curfew was perfect for the summer as the lights didn’t come on until late. In the winter it was quick coming, nighttime.

      I think I’ll go on my light ride tomorrow night. Gracie will come and I’ll tell her about the lights as we ride along. There are so many this year.

      I agree about needing color. Every room on this floor has some and it chases away the winter for a while.

      Have a great evening.

  2. flyboybob Says:

    A couple of years ago I arrived in São Paulo Brazil on July tenth. After a nine hour red eye flight in coach I laid down for a knap in my hotel room at about three in the afternoon. I forgot to get a wake up call and awoke to total darkness panicky that I had over slept. Fortunately it was only at six at night. Christmas in São Paulo Brazil is the longest summer day. It’s all your perspective.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I think it’s more your geography than your perspective. I was in Brazil in August when it was winter. You were there in the coolest month, July.

      I don’t know why their longest day isn’t the same as our shortest, December 21st, today this year.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Fourth Sunday of advent and I finally admit that Christmas is inevitably coming, my cactus and some other however-they-are-called houseplants are decorated and lightened now. White lights of course. Has anyone seen my missing Christmas pyramid propeller blade?

    • katry Says:

      Yup, Birgit, there is no denying it. Christmas is coming soon. I’m glad to know you’ve given in and added lights and decorations.

      Sorry, can’t help you!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    In the course of looking for something else in my living room I came across another Christmas decoration that had never gotten put away. It is a small ceramic Christmas tree music box that somehow got tucked away on a bookshelf. The tree spins around as the music plays. It was something my mother got and it was kind of pleasant to find it.

    Today was dinner with my niece, nephew and brother. We had pizza that reminded my brother and me of the Sicilian pizza we used to get as children. We exchanged gifts and chatted for several hours. My brother said he couldn’t wait until Daylight Savings Time started. I don’t blame him. He works 3rd shift.

    Happy Winter Solstice! Yay for the return of the light. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I would have been happy to find a surprise decoration on a shelf, especially one connected to my mother.

      I love Sicilian pizza and I also love pizza with the thinnest of crusts. It’s a good thing at Christmas for families to get together.

      I so agree. Yay light!

      Have a great evening!

  5. Coleen Says:

    Thin crust? I knew there was a reason we were good friends…

    Yesterday I went out with a friend and he took me to several holiday digital light displays (in three separate towns) that use a transponder…you can tune in on you car radio to a designated spot and watch the lights change as you listen to music. Oh, the things you can do with a computer…its not just stringing lights anymore…

    Tonight I covered the Christmas Sing I told you about. I am finally in a holiday mood…

    Merry Christmas if I do not post here til after the holiday…eat all the bad stuff this time of year – because when else will you do it? 🙂

    Waving,

    Coleen

    • katry Says:

      Coleen,
      The thinner the better!!

      Fo me, it it is still stringing lights. I haven’t the computer ability to design and synchronize a light show.

      I wrapped the gifts for my Cape friends so my den is back to somewhat neat. Tomorrow I’ll bake some more, Tuesday I shop for Christmas dinner ingredients and on Christmas Eve I’ll start a few go the dishes for Thursday. This is a busy week.

      Merry Christmas, Coleen.


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