Mid winter solstice...

Most people who talk about the darkest days of winter, welcome the Mid-Winter Solstice.
From now on we will be having slightly longer days... until the Mid-Summer Solstice in June.
(other way round in the Southern Hemisphere).
Solstice to me is a treasured time.
Candles are lit around the house.
The boys and I in the past have made solstice lanterns out of jam jars, tissue paper and tea-lights.
We spend the evening feasting on a big celebratory stew... with crusty bread.
Then toasting marshmallows on the fire.
Telling or reading stories and cuddling up on the sofa.
It is the only thing to do on the shortest, darkest day of the year.  I think I love it more than it's summer sister don't you?
Happy Solstice my lovely friends.

Past years of solstice are here.
Have a look at the curve of Venus - stunning!
Oh and last day of school!