It happens tomorrow, December 21, at 5:47 PM. The sun starts to return. We have been shrouded in darkness, little by little, until this day, when our little patch of the planet can handle no more. The shortest day of the year is such a negative statement, embrace your inner vampire and think of it as the longest night of the year.
Soon, little by little, very slowly, light will return. Eventually, it will be those long, endless days of summer that seem so distant. Right now, though, is the very special time of year when everyone needs each other, everyone celebrates. People all over the world are having all sorts of parties. Religions have known it best to follow the pagan traditions and make celebrations happen around the winter solstice, when folks need to get together to bolster each other up for the cold months ahead.
One of the more interesting celebrations is the Burning of the Clocks in Brighton, England. First of all, if you are going to celebrate outside, burning anything is a good idea. Second, it truly does feel like time stands still when you’ve piles of snow to shovel, why not celebrate that feeling instead of cursing it? Third, a handmade anything that is designed to be destroyed appeals to me as a former picture framer. After decades of customers handing me pieces to be preserved for their children and their children’s children and their children’s children’s children, I love lovely things that are made to be temporary.
My recommendation this time of year is to go out and party whenever you’re invited, for there will be months of being cooped up inside watching TV to come. That being said, I am not thrilled to be the owner of a blow up doll from Jim and Karen’s white elephant party last night, and I’m making it a house rule that no matter how cool the people are that are throwing the party, we aren’t going to any more white elephants.
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places Lynn Krawczyk spends her life standing. Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on. If youâ€™d like to join her by posting a photo on Sunday of places youâ€™ve been on your blog/photo hosting site/website, leave a comment on her Sunday posts telling her where she can find you/your photo and sheâ€™ll add a link to her sidebar so others can find you. I am one of those that Lynn has badgered into joining her, I have changed it to â€œwhere I stoodâ€, because right now Iâ€™m sitting in front of the computer, not standing anywhere.