It hasn’t seemed like winter this December; more like a mild November with moody skies, soaking rains and even a few thunderstorms. What little snow fell, melted into the unfrozen ground. But the sun tells the truth as it rides low on the southern horizon. I always look at winter solstice (10:48 p.m. CST on December 21) as a milestone achieved: We’ve reached the time of peak darkness for the winter. And happily, though sunrise is still getting later, sunset began to lengthen on December 10th! We celebrate solstice with extra candles on the dinner table, a glass of wine, and Celtic Christmas music.
I look for the understated, sometimes harsh beauty of winter, and I like the extra hours of moon-watching. Yet, I impatiently wait for the seeds, bulbs, perennials and tiny creatures that rest in the dark earth to reawaken. In the meantime, I will try to appreciate the slate skies and spent plants that add their own stark loveliness to the winter months.
Beth, even more than usual, I’ve been immersed in the pre-Christmas craziness this year. Your beautiful, thoughtful post reminds me to stop and take in the beauty of nature even when life seems to be in perpetual fast- forward. Thank You.
Thank you, Linda. I hope that you will have a joyful, less crazy Christmas!
It really hasn’t seemed like winter at all this year. I love the fuzziness of the seeds you have found. Such delicate beauty. . . Merry Christmas!
Thanks, Lisa. I hope that you have a peaceful Christmas and many beautiful encounters with nature!
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