Thursday, December 22, 2011
Today is the Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, the longest night, the beginning of the slow return of daylight. To celebrate the occasion, Larry and I spent time this evening at the home of our good friend Ellen where we were warmed by hot cocoa, good conversation and the beauty of Ellen's Christmas tree. Then, we ventured out to take in Christmas lights. Mother Nature had delivered just a little snow last night to make the sights pure and pristine -- scenes right out of a Christmas card. We drove into the country, throughout the town and into the downtown business district, oohing and aahing at the many beautiful and colorful light displays on houses and in yards. In all of the darkness, I find nothing more friendly and inviting than a lovely Christmas light display. And what better way to celebrate the Winter Solstice, the return of light than to bring our own lights into the world, literally and figuratively? Welcome, Winter!