Happy Solstice!

Posted on: Sunday, December 21st, 2008
Posted in: Travelog, 1st Stop: St. John, Latest Trip | Leave a comment

Like so many migratory creatures before us, we’ve fled the north and headed south. There are many benefits to this shift, of course, but the one I am appreciating most today is the extended daylight—a welcome contrast to home, especially on this, the shortest day of the year.

A sweet St. John solstice sunrise...

A sweet St. John solstice sunrise...

For better or worse, I’m usually in Minnesota for the Winter Solstice. The sun rises just shy of 8. It’s down by 4:30. On a cloudy day, the world can seem so dark that the streetlights never turn off. It’s enough to make a large percentage of the population very, very SAD.

Yet lots of people celebrate this Pagan holiday at home. So my mind turns to the commemoration that feels out of place on a tropical island, and I send a toasty-warm toast to my frigid friends Up North, along with this…


Top 11 Reasons I Love the Winter Solstice

  1. Saunas make perfect sense—followed by a jump in the snow.
  2. The Akavit and beer stay cold outside.
  3. You can walk on (frozen) water.
  4. For six months, the days keep getting longer.
  5. For 12 months, they’ll be longer than this one.
  6. Green grass that turned brown is now covered in white.
  7. Full-bodied red wines are fully in season.
  8. No nasty sunburn or skin cancer risk.
  9. Fire (a la candles and fireplaces) bring light into darkness.
  10. You can sleep in and still see the sunrise.
  11. Finally time to give up on last year’s New Year’s Resolutions.
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