The morning is the same with a 7:53 sunrise, but we gained two minutes in the evening today at 4:20. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it will start to come back quickly by the beginning of the year.
I don't mind the dark, though. For me it makes it feel like a time to slow down and contemplate life, which is a good thing to have this time of year when we tend to get whipped into a holiday frenzy. It's a good time to sit back and contemplate the reason for the season.
I can tend to get stressed this time of year. It helps to sit back and remember that Christmas will happen whether I'm ready or not and it will ultimately be fine. But self-inflicted stress still happens and the need to dial back can come crashing through in different forms for each individual.
I melted down to my husband. He's a man, he wants to fix it, so like the Knight in Shining Armor he can be he did. We came up with a new Christmas Day menu that didn't require me to cook, he called his sister, she was fine with it, because the reality is, it's not about the food, it's about being with the people you love.
Soon in my husband's extended family, there are going to be significant changes on the horizon. Our time on earth is short, it's time to simplify and rejoice that we are together another year.
And that is the reason for the season.