Solstice Greetings!

Today marks the winter solstice, the day of the year when the least of the sun’s rays reach us down here on Earth.

Today in Chicago, the sun rose at 7:15 a.m. and sets again at 4:23 p.m. Compare that to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, when the sun rises at 5:16 a.m. and sets at 8:29 p.m.

Here in Chicago we got our first snowfall of the year that stuck, right after a day of torrential rain. I’m sort of terrified to see the block of ice I imagine my car to be encased in this morning.

Snow Queen Winter Solstice Yule Goddess 5x7 Greeting Card by Emily Balivet

Snow Queen Winter Solstice Yule Goddess 5×7 Greeting Card by Emily Balivet

But in other news, it’s the winter solstice, and we’re all still alive! Barely, because Christmas is next week, and I have been up until 2 in the morning every night, baking after work. I am exhausted, as is Papa Bear, who does not have a single day off in December besides Christmas day.

But now everything is done and I head into the weekend before Christmas in a barbershop, which means I’ll just be holding on for dear life until Christmas day, when Papa Bear and I will have had Christmas with both families in the preceding weeks and get our first Christmas as a married couple off together with nothing to do.

We have decided to turn our living room into a fort, get a couple of bottles of champagne, some Thai food, and have a Lord of the Rings trilogy in anticipation of seeing The Hobbit as soon as possible. Best. Christmas. Ever.

What are your Christmas plans?