Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Shortest day.

And so the Shortest Day came and the year died
And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world
Came people singing, dancing,
To drive the dark away.
They lighted candles in the winter trees;
They hung their homes with evergreen;
They burned beseeching fires all night long
To keep the year alive.
And when the new year’s sunshine blazed awake
They shouted, revelling.
Through all the frosty ages you can hear them
Echoing behind us – listen!
All the long echoes, sing the same delight,
This Shortest Day,
As promise wakens in the sleeping land:
They carol, feast, give thanks,
And dearly love their friends,
And hope for peace.
And now so do we, here, now,
This year and every year.
Welcome Yule!
~ The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper The dark is already closing in here. It's been a rainy day with soft drizzle so I haven't seen the sun properly on this the shortest of days. We are all here inside though cosy with our own sparkle and lights. My son has returned from University and daughter and husband have finished school and work now for the festive break. There is food to bake, a 17th Birthday to celebrate and gifts to wrap before the 25th. In between time I shall sit by the fire and watch the flames dance and enjoy the quiet moments between the busy ones.       
Wishing you a Happy Winter Solstice and a very peaceful Merry Christmas.


  1. Blessed Solstice to you as well. It has been very dark and dreary here in SW Wisconsin for the past couple of weeks. We did have a few hours of sun this past week and I felt oh-so-much better but now that is gone and the drear has returned. The wood stove is a comforting and cheerful. Christmas presents are all made and ready to be wrapped. Today I will put up holiday decorations and enjoy my man-made light. Have a Blessed Day!!

  2. And to you Karen. We walked away the old year and have lit in the new. The Midlands had a silvery day with silhouette trees, although very boggy underfoot. Wishing you and yours a joyful seasons end.

  3. Thank you for sharing this, Happy Solstice!

  4. Thank you for this lovely post! May the days be brighter and filled with the Light of joy and laughter, health and wisdom.
    Here is my Winter Solstice piece to give back to you a bit...

  5. Blessings and a Merry Christmas to you and yours Karen
    Maura Xx

  6. Wishing you all the joys of the season to you and your family. x

  7. Happy solstice to you too Karen and warm and bright xmas days !

  8. a lovely sentiment, calm and serene. Happy Yule !

  9. Thank you, Karen! Merry Christmas to you and your family, too! What a wonderful occasion to be all together and enjoy the shared moments! I wish you warmth, love and joy during the holidays!

  10. Your house looks like the most cosiest place to be at this magical time of year! Christmas blessings to you and you family!
    Jess xx

  11. Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy Winter Solstice passed.

  12. Many blessings for Solstice and Christmas and the turning of the year!

  13. Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous decorations, they are so lovely! I love to read your blog - so thank you x


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