Here in this part of Norway we don’t have total darkness during the winter. Today, for example, the sun rose at 9:04 am and set at 3:47 pm, and as it wasn’t too cloudy we had a fairly bright day during the six hours and forty-three minutes of official daylight. According to this website, December 21st, the shortest day, will be 5 hours, 44 minutes, and 39 seconds of daylight, with December 22nd giving us a whooping 3 seconds more!
I’ve blogged about the emotions of this before from the other side of winter, and my expat blogging friend Allison recently wrote about her reaction to Denmark’s shorter days during this, her first fall/winter season in Scandinavia. The long, dark nights and short days do take getting used to – even for me, who prefers cold and darkness! – but I’ve found a few things that really help …
– Appreciating the sun lighting up the clouds over the islands and Norwegian Sea as it rises over the mountain behind me:
– Laughing at evidence my husband was making a snowball:
– Stopping work during the day to see how the setting sun makes the rocks, trees, and dying weeds and grasses behind our house glow:
– Candles warm up everything:
– Wine helps too:
– But candles AND wine are best together!