Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Soltice

Jack Frost decorated as only he can in preparation for this, the shortest day of the year.

The Shortest Day

“And 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, revelling.
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, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.”
~Susan Cooper

We are in the midst of Christmas preparations.  
I just lit the Christmas tree,
 some candles, 
and I sit in anticipation of the arrival 
of my daughter and her children.
We plan to "drive the dark away" 
by eating pizza,
visiting the Broadmoor to ohh and ahh 
over the fancy decorations
and beautiful lights.
We'll drink a bit of hot chocolate, I'm sure.
Maybe, when we get home,
we'll make a few cookies.  

 we will give thanks,
and hope for peace
as we celebrate this, the shortest day of the year.  

I hope all is well with you and yours as Christmas fast approaches.


Terri Tiffany said...

I hope you have a Merry Merry Christmas!

Midlife Roadtripper said...

I hope you have a lovely evening. I recall the Broadmoor from my youth in Colorado. Lovely place so I'm certain their light display is as well. Enjoy your Christmas.

KathyA said...

Lovely pieces, both.

It's not feeling like Solstice or Christmas here -- we're at 72°; all of the snow has melted and we worked in the garden today. I did notice, though, that darkness came very early.

Nameste, K

#1Nana said...

We made cookies today too…and then I turned on the BBQ to cook steaks for dinner. I refuse to give up grilled food just because we've got a little snow!

A Quiet Corner said...

Our Christmas will not be a white one...everything has melted!!!!...:)JP

DJan said...

Beautiful pictures! And a very Merry Christmas season to you as well. Sending you big hugs. :-)

Jean said...

Wishing you, your husband, Boston-the-dog, and your family a lovely Christmas.

Arkansas Patti said...

The day with the least light deserves to be brightened by the glow of love from our dear ones.
Hope you have a warm, wonderful time with your family.

troutbirder said...

Beautiful Sally. And wishing your and your a joyous holiday season. Take care....:)

troutbirder said...

Oops and I forgot to mention I've switched my book review etc. blog over to the original Troutbirder.

Deb Shucka said...

I love the picture at the top, and this post. May your holidays be bright enough to light your way through the rest of the winter. You are a huge light in my life, and I'm so very grateful for you. Love to you.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

It all sounds wonderful, Sally! I hope you and your family have a loving, warm, fun and truly blessed Christmas!

Tom Sightings said...

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Linda Reeder said...

I love the poem. As a descendant of Swedes and Norwegians and Germans, I feel the ancestral pull on this day, a day that was so meaningful to peoples of the north country.

Linda Myers said...

Wishing you lovely times!

LC said...

May your whole season be blessed with love and laughter. Your post was a gift, in keeping with your special spirit of giving. Thank you!

Mage said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Love the poem and frosted trees. Thanks.

thisisme said...

Another beautiful post Sally. Love the poem. We are being buffeted by gale force winds and torrential rain. I wish you and your family a very happy and joyful Christmas. Sending hugs and blessings your way.

Jeanie said...

A beautiful poem to share. We are experiencing our weirdest Christmas ever -- it will clearly be one we can never forget, including a mega ice storm and lots of folks with no power!

Merriest of Merries to you. I'm so very glad we connected online!

Jeanie said...

Sally, I don't think my other comment took so I just wanted to say Meerry Christmas and thanks for sharing the perfect poem. We're having our weirdest Christmas ever here, including an ice storm. We won't forget it, that's for sure!

Kay said...

I can hardly believe it's already Christmas Eve. Everything seems to pile together at this time of year. It was dark here today when we went to the Farmers Market and we needed a flashlight. It would have been an extra quiet Christmas for us since the family won't convene until after the new year. However, my brother and nephew said they can come over for dinner so it will be a little more special.

Have a very wonderful Christmas and New Year with your beautiful family, Sally!

Grandmother (Mary) said...

Happy holidays to you and your family. May this year bring blessings galore!

Perpetua said...

Lovely, Sally. I'm late coming to this, so I do hope you had a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Mage said...

It was a lovely day here. Thanks for the lovely words and the beautiful images.

Rose said...

Already I've noticed the days are longer--it's only a few minutes, I know, but just that short added time makes me happy that brighter days are ahead. I hope you had a Merry Christmas, Sally, and wishing you the best in the coming New Year!

Vagabonde said...

I hope your Christmas was merry and that the new year will be a happy one for you and your family. Stay warm as I hear there is a very cold front coming up, even down here in the South. Thanks for coming to my blog in 2013. Happy New Year!