The solstice occurs here tonight at half past midnight. Tim and I began exchanging gifts on the solstice instead of on christmas a few years ago, and it always feels like a fresh, clean day with no expectations or pressure. There is no juggling of family obligations like christmas eve and day. We can relax; we don't owe anybody our time. We try to go for a walk. We build a fire. Maybe we play scrabble or we just talk. We feel the magic of the day of the year which has been recognized for as long as humans have been. The longest night of the year.
It's also our half-anniversary. Happy solstice!