Mmm, must be an important topic then?
It was yesterday, and I missed it! It did seem like a long day though, which gave me plenty of time for sprucing up the garden for xmas! (then the wind came and blew leaves, branches and bark everywhere) LOL
Merry xmas everyone!
I see I'm the first pessimist in the bunch, LOL. I voted it's a long time before the weather gets better. After an ice storm that knocked out power for days and then 3 significant snowstorms all within 2 weeks - I'm ready for spring!
So sad for all that lost power and some 'still' don't have any.
Will pray we can all enjoy a warm Christmas in our homes.
Lots of snow and cold today!! Miss my time in Fl. this time of year but enjoy the
Getting in garden books and planning the church garden for 'Spring'..thinking of getting
a collapsable greenhouse to help...anyone ever use one???
Merry Christmas All !!
What is winter sowing?!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Haaaaaaaa! I agree with song, it is difficult to feel optimism in the face of 3:30 pm sunsets, successive ice/snow storms. But I have to look at the positive in order to deal w/all that. Bring on spring!
I always look forward to the Solstice so the days can start getting longer. I look at a chart I find on the Weather Channel to find out sunrise and sunset. At first the days are only a few seconds longer but before long it is a minute or so per day and after that a couple of minutes. Not long after that you can actaully tell the difference in day length.
I don't know if I really have SAD but, I tell you I really don't like the lack of sun in the winter. Best winters for me I get out in what sun we have -- skiing, shoveling snow, whatever I can come up with.
I am told that ancient peoples celebrated the Solstice as the return of the Sun. There is a great novel called House Made of Dawn by Scott Momaday in which he describes Native Americans running on the dawn of the solstice to get the sun and bring it back. Lovely description.
it was Summer solstice here in NZ - but an unseasonal cold snap meant we had to turn on the boiler at work & light the pellet fire at home...
I'm dreaming of a bright Xmas Day,
Celebrated in the downunder way
Kiwi style with sunshine & heat!
Fresh leafy salads & barbequed meat
I'll be sipping champers out in the shade
or maybe an icy cold lemonade
We'll open the presents from under the tree
And sing Xmas carols joyfully
Try to tire the kids with a trip to the park
Then put them to bed complaining 'cause it's not dark
So to those rugged up warm for winter's cold bite
Merry Christmas to all & to all a good night.
Cheers - Dalfyre
Winter is here, cold and frosty, blowing winds that chill the bones, winters' icy paths give way to longer brighter days..
Winter sowing keeps me busy, pretending that it is spring.. just can't wait to see what's next...the little seeds that sing..
Look at it as the old timers did. The winter solstice is the beginning of spring. Days begin to be longer the day after the solstice. For the ancients, the winter solstice was the first day of spring. It is the weather bureau and the astronomers who gave it such a depressing name -- first day of winter. Sheesh! I see yesterday as the first day of spring!
It's the road conditions that I have to drive on getting back & forth to work this time of year. Freezing rain is in the forecast again today and tomorrow. I'm fine with this not being my favorite time of the year. I just really welcome Spring's arrival!
Hey I voted for a long wait for spring but at least the seed catalogs are coming in. and I do have a few winter projects to work on.
Days do seem to go by very fast, so I am not really complaining. I will be busy with gardening soon enough. I guess the only reason it seems long as it takes quite a bit to keep the house warm.
I do have SAD, I'm sure of it. Because I can almost feel my mood lifting as the warmer weather gets closer. I hate cold weather, which is why I live in Southeast Louisiana. It is 10:30pm, and it's 67 degrees outside. Makes me want to go work in the yard.
The soltice to me means a beautiful night sky with beautiful bright stars.
I'm a SAD victem too and usually get iced-snowed in here on my mountain like now. I keep busy cooking goodies,crocheting,making ornaments,breathing in seed catalogs, I have many spring flowers to look forward to the last of Februry. Depression wont hit me till after Christmas, but i will survive.
I'm looking forward to the gaining of more daylight. We are down to less than 6 hours of daylight right now, but I do love this time of year, as it brings me my beautiful winter birds. I feed hundreds of birds during the winter. Right now, I have around 80 pine grosbeaks, 40 pine siskins (they, along with redpolls will show up by the hundreds by January), dozens of junkos, black capped and chestnut backed chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers, white-winged and red crossbills, bohemian waxwings, red breasted nuthatches, several different kinds of sparrows and a few other species. I think I went through 500 lbs. of sunflower seeds last winter. I spends hours standing at the windows watching these beautiful creatures every winter. Yep...I love this time of year.
So where was the "other" answer option on this poll?
The winter solstice is a very spiritual time & special time around the world. It is the longest night, the time between the end of the outgoing year and the beginning of the incoming year. A window between the worlds. The stars are brighter (if you are stargazing away from city lights). It is a time for celebrating and feasting (fattening up for the long winter ahead), telling stories (preferably by firelight), singing songs and being cozy with family, friends and loved ones. It is also a time to remember the good times and fond memories of those who have passed, telling their stories and feeling close to their spirits/souls. We put out extra food and treats for the wildlife to help them stay warm through the long night as well.
I'm with avaeads--I love the fact that birds throng my feeders at this time of year. As garden-mermaid says, they're fattening for the cold months ahead. . . hmmm, some similarities with their human counterparts LOL.
I totally vote for days are going to get longer! I hate the late sunrise and early sunsets of december. Seems there is never enough time to do anything. My spirits lift when the solstice comes, even knowing the worst of winter is still ahead.
I love the longer days so I can garden after work. I really like it now because last year I winter sowed in bottles in January or February and they all did so well, In the snow, I still have things from then blooming.
oh I love tripping out to the bird feeders to feed my birds and squirrells, rain, snow, ice sleet, sun, they are going to have food and water! I just hate being cold myself, and here in Kansas, it may be 65 one day ( like today) and 22 by midnight, ( like tonight) ugh! my poor bulbs are gonna get confused! LOL
thanks you Garden Mermaid for that. I was wondering why no option at least leaning towards that or 'other' was available when there are obviously so many people in touch with the Earth and Seasons on a gardening site
Cheers to the new~
My daughter likes this day because it's her mother's birthday. It may be the shortest day of the year but when I reached my teens, I became aware that it was also the longest night of the year for parties.