Today is officially the last shortest day of the decade. This is a time to celebrate the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King and the inevitable rebirth of the sun. When I woke up at 8 o’clock this morning, I seriously thought it was much earlier – more like 4 A.M. as it was pitch black outside. It began to get lighter around 8.40 A.M only for it to darken again at 3.30 P.M. No wonder so many suffer from seasonal affective disorder at this time of year in the Northern hemisphere!
Really makes it understandable why all of us folks living at higher latitudes bother to decorate trees, eat, drink and give gifts as our pagan ancestors did – what else would people do to get them through the miserable weather and shorter days other than try to be merry? Shame the winter merriment and traditions couldn’t be carried over into January!🎄