In ancient times people feared as the sun grew weak that the end was near and all would perish, so when the sun began to grow stronger everyday they celebrated and gave thanks. We can also celebrate this as the longest night and now the sun will slowly regain her strength. It reminds us to appreciate what we have today and that nothing is forever. Some day the planets and stars in our heavens will change (they are evolving and changing as we speak) to the point that it will affect us in visible, tangible ways. Last night a lunar eclipse occurred, the last time it fell on the winter solstice was in 1638! The moon turned blood red at the deepest point of the eclipse, I stayed up and tried to view it but our skies were cloudy and hazy. I did see glimpses of the beginning though. Our vast universe is an amazing creation! So light a candle and give thanks for the Sun, for the miracles and wonders that are all around us!
“So the shortest day came, and the year died,
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive,
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, reveling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – Listen!!
All the long echoes sing the same delight,
This shortest day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, fest, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
– Susan Cooper, The Shortest Day