|Joy, in the darkness.|
We are on the other side of the Winter Solstice. It occurred here in Seattle at 09:11 on Saturday (YMMV, depending on your timezone). The sunrise was at 07:55 and sunset at 16:20 - that's a really short day. But worse, in true Seattle fashion we have had a heavy cloud cover for quite a while, making even the daylite at noon minimal. And when the sun does shine, it comes in at this weird very low angle, making the light reddish. Subliminally, it seems like late evening, even when it is noon.
The Christmas lites we see everywhere add some very needed joy in the darkness. I don't think it was a coincidence that the early Church fathers put the Christmas celebration in the dead of winter. More than at any other time of year, we need the joy to counteract the darkness.
Today, the daylite is three seconds longer. Woo hoo!