Thursday, December 18, 2008
Winter Solstice Cold and Warmth
Winter solstice is almost here... 8 hours and 56 minutes of daylight in our area, 6 hours and 14 minutes in Churchill Manitoba. In Nunavut there is no daylight at all in December.
December 21st will mark the first day of winter for some, but it is midwinter for others in the northern hemisphere where the season is already well established.
The noonday sun hangs low in the sky, blinding the eyes as its rays reflect light on the snow covered ground. Our days will start to lengthen after the solstice and winter becomes brighter but colder in January and February. These are famine months for man and creatures who cannot store adequate provisions, those who go forth to seek food each new cold day.
Afternoon shadows spread their long dark fingers over an unharvested corn field as the glow of the setting sun paints the landscape a deceptively warm colour. Clear days like this are often accompanied by bitter north winds.
It is time to gather around the fire, to create warmth with light and good cheer as we look forward to the promise of spring and new life.
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