Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter Solstice


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet

The winter solstice, which was yesterday, is one of my favorite days of the year. On the same day was a total lunar eclipse at around 3:00 AM and, as much as I enjoy watching a lunar eclipse, I did not get up for this one. However, this was a rather special event because it happens so rarely. The last time was 372 years ago on Dec. 21, 1638. The next time will be in just 84 more years on Dec. 21, 2094. I probably will not be seeing that one either!

The winter solstice is a day to which I look forward simply because it is the shortest day of the year, which means each day forward will increase in daylight hours. Today is less than a second longer than yesterday, but by January 1st we will have gained two whole minutes. Yes, it starts off slowly, adding only a few seconds a day at first, but it increases momentum until the spring equinox. Winter will go on for months yet and it has plenty of dark and dreary days, but each day there is just a bit more sunlight than the day before. The earth is beginning to tilt in the opposite direction, stealing more daylight from the southern hemisphere and giving it to the northern half. It is a amazing thing when you think about it!

I don't know why exactly, but every year just knowing the days are now getting longer after the winter solace lifts my spirits!

~ My Lord, thank you for the longer days coming and the warmth following. ~

3 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you missed the Lunar Eclipse. Hubby and I were able to watch it, laying out on a blanket, though for us it was a full eclipse around 1:30am so we just stayed up extra late. :) It's nice to know the days are getting longer, I much prefer sunlight to clouds, gray skies, and darkness.

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  2. We saw two of three lunar eclipses in one year about two or three years ago. The Princess was given a nice telescope for Christmas some years back so we try to use it now and then. Lying on a blanket with your husband looking at the moon sounds very nice, but I think it must be warmer there than here.

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  3. Sorry, yes it is much warmer here. Our highs have been in the high 60's to mid 70's and our lows in the low to mid 50's. I kind of miss the chill of Eastern winter air. ;)

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