Many people tend to forget that while we are welcoming the first day of winter (which many people aren’t fond of), we are also welcoming the return of the light. The days will start getting longer again now, so for all of you winter haters, silver lining!
You all know of course that I adore winter. I function better in the colder weather than in the warm, and I still love the magic of snow. Since we live in an area that is iffy with its weather, we have begun the yearly wondering whether we will get any snow this year or have any real cold temperatures. Last year saw the Polar Vortex, and for the first time in the eighteen years we have lived in Virginia, even I thought the cold was excessive!
Sadly, it seems we will not have a white Christmas yet again this year. The last I checked our forecast it even looked like we may get thunderstorms on Christmas Eve.
Thunderstorms! If it isn’t going to snow, it may as well be sunny!
Nevertheless, I won’t give up hoping.
For tonight, we will enjoy homemade cookies and light all of our candles in the windows to celebrate the season. We’ll also keep watch on Gavlebocken, who, on December 21 is STILL STANDING!!! (And incidentally, those of us lower lattitude types who have complained about daylight savings would do well to remember that the Swedes are only averaging about four hours of daylight right now!)
Have a warm, wonderful, and light-filled Solstice, all!