Winter Solstice


In the rush of early morning,
When the red burns through the gray,
And the wintry world lies waiting
For the glory of the day...
-- Louisa May Alcott, "Merry Christmas," in The Horn of Plenty, 1876

Any time is a good time to admire God's handiwork in a sunrise, or a sunset. There is something extra special about a winter sunrise, though. Starting the day with this... How precious is the gift to be alive--to witness God's glory of the day!

It is Winter Solstice today--the shortest day of the year, with it's longest night. After today, gradually, the daylight shines longer, the nights become shorter.

Candlelight. Fireplace warmth and candle glow. The sparkle of love. Time for good food and visiting. Songs of cheer. Frost-covered world. Christ soon born... 

Extra JOY just now! Just a few days now until Christmas. It's a flurry of all sorts here, as I imagine it is for you, too. Keep warm. Drink hot cocoa. Watch the sunrise. Love one another...


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  1. What beautiful words, Tracy. This post is a treasure, just as you are. The perfect the way to begin my day. May the solstice return our light. (Please enter my 10th anniversary drawing -- open till Christmas Day!)

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    1. Thanks so much, Jeanie! 10 years... oh, wow... HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! (( HUGS )) I'll be right over for the celebrations! :)))

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  2. the MOST beautiful post of all!
    XO♥ happy egg and nog dearest bean!
    and the special blessings of this most blessed season.

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    1. Thanky you, my firend... Happy Holly Days and Blessings, dear Tammy!! ((HUGS))

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  3. Oh Solstice; so glad you have arrived. Now to swing into light for I crave it dearly. I agree candles are on the agenda for today. Waking this morning to white frost on the ground. Hope your day is extra special.

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    1. We've been having grey days often here--even before winter officially arriving--so sunlight is precious!

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  4. Happy Winter Solstice Day. Here in eastern US, the sun has set before 5pm. How I look forward to the coming of longer days!
    Happy Christmas to you! We will be traveling through your home state on Saturday. I will think of you :)

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    1. Give PA a kiss from me, Willow... and wishing you safe & happy travels! Wishing you & yours a blessed & happy Christmastime! ((HUGS))

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  5. This is a lovely post, Tracy. We seem to be having a lot of cloudy days, so no sunrise visible for us yesterday. It is terribly cold and windy too and forecast to get much colder next week. It looks like we could be in for a winter storm early next week... Marie x

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    1. Thanks, Marie! The weather is odd here at the moment... It has become slightly more mild, just slightly... the snow is still here. But it depending on which way the temps swing this weekend, it could be interesting (slippery) driving to Mass on Christmas Eve. :/

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  6. The Sunrise photo is spectacular. Your thoughts were delightful. It is the time to worship the Savior birth, love one another and enjoy the moments of this precious time of year. Much love being sent your way and warm hug too!

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