Today is the winter solstice. It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night, and marks the point in the Earth’s journey around the sun where, at least in my part of the world, the days start to grow ever longer (though, sadly, it’ll be a while yet before they start to get any warmer).
For as much as we gather together and celebrate on the 25th (mostly because that’s what everyone else is doing), I really do consider the solstice my holiday. I like the connection to the rhythm of the Universe, I like the feeling of stillness and hush as we pass through the darkest point and slowly, steadily make our way back into light. I like the feeling of connection to the ancient; the understanding that those before us knew, almost instinctually, that there was something special and important about this day.
So happy solstice to you. I wish you peace and stillness, and certain knowledge in the rhythm of the Universe and your place in it.