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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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