Those limited hours of daylight remind me of my time in the north of England. In addition to the short daylight there, many days had such thick fog all day that the street lights had to be left on all 24 hours. I wish they had had the custom to put candles and stars everywhere. It would have been much more cheerful. At least in Sweden you have heat in the house.
Well, we certainly aren't getting snow in Vancouver, but it surely is snowing on the mountains. And there are now lots of lights out.
I was at a reception with a bunch of Norwegians the other day, and we talked about this. Most of us agreed that the midwinter Yuletide festival is more important to northern peoples, with things like lights/candles, baking and cooking, etc. A celebration of the return of the light, the new year, and the start of the long late winter dearth. Customs that long predate the christian hijack of the festival, and the veneer they put on it.
Gobbling the chocolates hidden behind the doors in the December calendar is always fun.
hey there say,lolli.. got my candle-set lit, too...
say, i may try to move it to my kitchen window or bathroom window (will look pretty for teh backyard, if i can)--JUST got an extention cord, :)
yes--in the old days, 'specially north, folks really appreciasted the dark passing.. nowadays, with all the big city lights, etc, one hardly notices or cares... country and farm folks, of couse, with less lights, DO
still notice the dark season... :) and respect the changes of life...
course, the little birdies sure notice... is very nice when we start to hear them sing early in the morn, come early spring... :)
thanks for the wonderful share lolli...
as i said, my home is lolli-happy each year now, :)
Along the lines of Mighty Hiker I was just thinking that two months of lights sounds more like a winter solstice celebration than Christmas where the lights traditionally were supposed to last from Dec 6 which is Saint Nicholas Day until Jan 6, Epiphany. Nice that they combine so well.
I do remember how quickly the days start getting longer. In England they have the saying though, "as the days lengthen, the winter strengthens".