Happy winter solstice! Each year on this day, I wax poetically about the beginning of winter and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. At least I attempt to be poetic; I’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not that is the case.
Ancient cultures spent enormous time and effort to build celestial calendars to predict the occurrence of the solstice. Stonehenge is probably the best-known example of such a calendar, but many other examples exist in the ancient world. Today, we don’t need granite pillars; we have smartphone apps for that! And let’s face it, except for geeks like me, how many people today really give a crap about esoteric things like the solstice anyway? (You don’t need to answer that question!)
Yet even though times have changed dramatically, and we no longer need granite apps to predict the occurrence of the solstice, one common thread remains if you take the time to reflect on it. And that is hope. Hope for more daylight. Hope for a brighter day. That remains just as true today as it did when the Druids built Stonehenge. So, today is a great time to reflect on brighter days. They begin tomorrow!
To help you along, here are some more images from my magical morning in Cades Cove a couple of days ago. Enjoy and happy winter solstice!