Tuesday, December 21, 2004

In Praise of Pagans

Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the official beginning of winter. Here in Wisconsin, the solstice occurred at 6:42 a.m. Perhaps it was the unique tilt of the earth this morning that accounted for the lovely and somewhat eerie pinky-golden light that greeted us as we rose from bed and opened up the window blinds. A few minutes later, a light snow began to fall. Ancient cultures marked the solstice event with huge bonfires as a way to entice the sun to return. At our house, we have chosen to celebrate by shelling out a couple of hundred bucks to fix our oven's gas flame starter - even though our oven will be history in less than a month due to the kitchen renovation project. It's our little paean to good holiday eating, brought to us via Amana and the Sears appliance repair woman. C'mon back, sol.


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