This morning, for the first time in a very long time, I slept in. It was nothing compared to my glorious teenage years where I would sleep until noon, but it felt good to not have to jump out of bed and be somewhere or do some particular task that depended on my promptness. The problem this morning was… it was still DARK when my feet hit the floor at 7:30am. Even the dog was giving me the one-eyed look of “lets go back to sleep”.
Wait a minute. Haven’t we passed the winter solstice? Aren’t the days starting to be longer? What the heck? (Actually, after a momentary nerdy relapse on timeanddate.com I learned that it was NOT my imagination and that the sunrise was actually later today than on the winter solstice. However, the sunset is also later, so we will enjoy an extra 83 seconds of daylight today compared to the shortest day of the year which was the 21st. Interesting, huh?)
Still with me?
The whole “shortest day of the year” thing implies that the sun is actually shining. It is now well into the morning and it STILL feels dark and dreary. It’s a well known condition called WINTER. It’s bitter and contagious making every day a good day to crawl back into bed. Even though it’s obviously not practical, every bone in my body is begging me to wrap up in one more layer of flannel and hide until the sun is shining brightly and doing its thing. Until that time, my cerebral cortex is not inclined to join the living.
What I NEED here folks, is something to motivate me. Maybe I should add some extra lights around the house to brighten things up? I could gather up the family and play board games and eat sweets, treats and comfort food so I forget about napping. I could invite some friends over or write a few letters to old ones and see what they are up to. I could get out and talk to my neighbors and people I haven’t seen in a long time. I could smile and sing loudly in public places.
Too bad Christmas was last week. Sounds like I could really use all that sort of stuff right now.
Wait a minute…
Wasn’t there something called the 12 days of Christmas?
I would like to have them back please.
I would also like to have those 26 days between Halloween and Thanksgiving when we were being force fed Christmas Carols. Thanks but no thanks National Retail Federation. (*hypocrite alert – Divine Consign always hosts our Holiday Open House the weekend before Thanksgiving. We decorate and play Christmas carols 6 days early. I am aware of this but my sense of shame is out-shadowed by desire to pay my help. ). What good is the after Christmas Clearance sale if it happens before the actual holiday? Wouldn’t a shift back to Christmastide boost January sales?
Regardless, NOW is when the real celebrating should BEGIN. There is a reason that so many cultures and religions celebrate with winter festivals and traditions. We really should listen to history rather than modern day marketers. We need to slow down and enjoy right where we are instead of rushing through to get to the next thing. It’s like they taught us in gym class. In the long distance run you have to pace yourself. If you sprint at the beginning you will get ahead but everyone will pass your exhausted self before the finish line. There is no joy a premature fizzle.
I am all for being tidy and organized but I implore you to leave your pretties out a little longer and extend your reach out to others a little further. It will make for a brighter and cheerier winter not only for you but for them. Hang on to that holiday spirit and savor every second.
12 days is all I ask for. January 6 is Epiphany as well as my mother’s birthday. For me, it is when the holiday season can close up and hibernate like it is supposed to.
Besides, Ground Hog Day will be here before we know it.