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Hello there, readers! I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas (or, for my Jewish family members, a great Hanukkah) and a wonderful New Year.

Today is one of my favorite days of the year. Of course, it’s the Winter Solstice. Why do I like it? Well, it’s the day with the least amount of daylight (for us here in south Alabama, that means 10 hours and 9 minutes of daylight). Where I was born (Alaska), I remember watching my mother point to the horizon to a tiny fingernail edge of the sun. “See?” She said. “There it is.” And, just as quickly as we had seen the edge of the sun, it slid beneath the horizon, and near-total darkness reigned for 24 hours.

I am glad for this day, because each progressive day gets a bit longer in terms of daylight, and continues to increase to the day with the most hours of daylight, the Summer Equinox of June 21, when the cycle of ever-shorter daylight repeats itself.

I wish all my readers a blessed season of ever-growing brightness in your lives!

Until January,