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

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Daily Inspiration – Winter Dawn

Today, the day after the winter solstice, is going to be longer than yesterday. Tonight will be shorter than last night. Things are looking up.

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You can find more of my Winter pinboard on Pinterest.

Daily Inspiration – The Longest Night

Today is the first day of winter everyone. The winter solstice, or the longest night of the year is tonight, but that also means that now the nights are going to begin to get shorter and the day longer.

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Although tonight is the longest night, and the beginning of winter, it is also the dawn of things getting better. Take heart, and cuddle up to someone warm.

You can find more of my Winter pinboard on Pinterest.