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Dec. 21st, 2011 | 01:28 pm

It's the shortest day of the year again, so a blessed winter solstice to everyone — or a blessed summer solstice, if you're living on the southern hemisphere.

The actual solstice won't occur until 5:30 UTC tomorrow morning, but I think it's traditional to celebrate it on the 21st, so that's what I'm doing. The time that starts now is a time for renewal; time to leave the past behind and move on. Pay your debts, wrap up what needs to be wrapped up, and drop any emotional baggage and look forward; start with a clean slate, and look forward to new year and the proverbial turning of the great wheel. And of course, be happy with what you've got, celebrate, eat good food and spend time with friends and loved ones.

Enjoy the longest (or shortest) night!

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aersad

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from: aersad
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
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Saw the light fade very quickly tonight. Had my dinner and opened presents. Relaxing now with cookies and chocolate milk. Not cocoa because it's almost 60 degrees out at 7:30 in the evening!

I'm watching 'It's a Wonderful Life' about a very greedy, rich businessman who spends his life taking everything from everyone and enjoying the misery he causes. Then there's this other man who is the opposite trying to aid those in need and making people happy. Sound too familiar in this day and age. It seems a perfect solstice movie about the darkest of times followed in the end with hope of a new day (and the bad guy gets his karma).

So, to all I wish you happier and prosperous times!

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:55 am (UTC)
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Thanks, and the same to you! ^^

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The Mystery of the Supranational Rabbit

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from: porsupah
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
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As a photographer of sorts, this is a happy time of year indeed - hereon, the evenings will extend, even past the point of departing the office. =:) (Not that I really have any particular hours, but then, I don't currently have buns to see) Instead of looking at 4pm sunsets, it'll grow longer again, and warmer, where folks can again relax on the lawns in comfort.

And the weather will tend to brighten, relieving me of these grim, grey days, like some huge inadequately lit theater. (There may be a moral in this..)

I will say, I've been happier about this Yule (etc) than any in several years. ^_^ I'm even looking forward to getting back into the mayhem with the family, and getting their iPad loaded up with hundreds of new games and other wonders, and sort of being forced to admit that the big box that got dropped off by Parcelforce isn't actually for me. =:)

I've contributed with a delivery that (I think!) arrived on Wednesday, with much good cider, beer, wine, and vodka, and enough top-quality duck to stun an officer corps. And then there's Doctor Who to look forward to on Sunday!

Ah, I could only wish for a sudden freeze. Snow, yay! Still, we've seen some lovely flurries in the past few weeks.

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I'll definitely enjoy having longer days again. I just caught myself saying "good evening" to someone at 16:30 yesterday because it was already completely dark outside, and it'll be nice to, say, be out biking at 8 in the evening and have the sun still be up. :)

I still like winter, but there should at least be snow to make up for the downsides, yes. There isn't, though, and it's not even particularly cold.

I hope you'll have a great and lovely yule with your family. :) Cider and duck and all that sure sounds good, too. ^^

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aersad

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from: aersad
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 11:53 am (UTC)
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It's 6:45 AM right now. Waiting for the sun to appear and announce it did not die leaving us in darkness forever. The first light will remind us there will always be light in the darkest times and good times are ahead. Everyone enjoy the first light!

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Schneelocke

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from: schnee
date: Dec. 22nd, 2011 12:36 pm (UTC)
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The sun's already been up here for a while, so I can reassure you that, yes, it will rise again indeed. :)

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