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!

Loving my secret santa from a work friend – too true for every writer!

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!🎄

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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