Winter solstice…the shortest day of the year. A time to miss the warmth of summer or a time to get outside regardless of the bad weather?
Winter solstice, otherwise known as the shortest day of the year, falls on 21 December this time around. It signals the turning point of the year in which we begin to regain the precious daylight hours we all love. Also commonly known as midwinter, it’s usually time for us all to be wrapped up in scarves, gloves and hats ready to brave that cold, icy morning.
By early December we’ve had many a conversation at Rambutan HQ about what season is the best… Half the bunch love snuggling up on a cold evening in front of the fire with a good cuppa and the other half love the warmth of the sun on their backs.
Of course, in summer we all have more daylight hours than we do in winter, however, do we make the most of these longer days? And are we generally happier in summer? Commonly known as SAD syndrome, many people find themselves struggling during winter due to the reduction of light hours. Being one of these people, I treasure the extra daylight hours and try to get out as much as I can. Maybe I don’t get out as much in winter as I should because of the cold!
The history behind the solstice is fascinating too! At Stonehenge the sunrise can be seen directly between two of the stone pillars during the solstice and can be a large attraction for many tourists. Many of our predecessors saw both the summer and winter solstice as a time to reflect on how they live their lives. Maybe we could reflect on this in our own lives. How productively do we use the daylight hours we have? What if we made sure we were awake during all daylight hours, allowing us to do more with our lives and potentially reduce the effects of SAD syndrome?