Add Your Light to the Sum of Light

The midwinter solstice comes to the Northern Hemisphere at 4:48 PM Eastern time today, this 21st of December. Our nights have been getting longer each day since the midsummer solstice last June, and now we reach the longest night as the Northern Hemisphere reaches its point of maximum tilt away from the sun. That tilt makes for extremely long dark nights around the Arctic Circle and through all the lands that sit near the top of the globe, with gradually lesser extreme as we approach the equator, and on the other side of the equator, it is, of course, the opposite. There, it is the midsummer solstice, and the longest day.

All through Advent and soon Christmas and Yule and Kwanzaa and Chanukah, too, we respond to these darkest nights by adding our own light. More candles, more fairy lights, more warm glowing hearths. And in the process, our hearts grow open, as we add our light to the sum of light.

My friend Caren Neile has recorded a Chanukah tale called “The Scent of Latkes” for the online bedtime stories series I host, Stay Awake: Bedtime Stories for Kids & Sleepy Adults. Her story is brilliant! Stay awake with Caren and with all our other readers and storytellers by clicking here. Caren’s is the seventh episode so far!

Image: the tree we brought home just a few nights ago, illuminated, not yet decorated. Ornaments soon!


4 thoughts on “Add Your Light to the Sum of Light

  1. mary beth shipley says:

    Merry Christmas and all Holidays to all!

    Beautiful tree! Hope we get to see the finished version.

    Will you be getting colder temperatures from the Arctic front?

    • John Cutrone says:

      Thank you, Mary Beth! I’m sure there will be a post with the finished version come Christmas Day or one of those Twelve Days that follow. We’re expecting lows in the 40s on Christmas Eve and a high in the 50s come Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!

  2. Mary Lindsey says:

    Thank You John. A Very Merry and Light-Hearted Christmas to you and yours.

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