It’s the most wonderfully short time of the year.

That feeling of running out of time before Christmas? It’s real. You have about nine hours of daylight today, being that it is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year.

Newgrange, Ireland is a popular place to observe the Winter Solstice (image from knowth.com)

Newgrange, Ireland is a popular place to observe the Winter Solstice (image from knowth.com)

Starting tomorrow, the days will begin to lengthen, but you’ll have to be patient: according to mashable.com, it won’t actually begin to get light earlier in the morning until January 11.

Today is also the day I officially give up on any illusion I had of creating a perfect Christmas and opt for just enjoying it. Now there’s a concept, right?

There I was, making my list and checking it twice when we decided to make a very quick trip down to Newport Beach for Evie and Viv’s Grandparents Day Christmas program at their school. Way more fun than Christmas shopping!

Caleigh wasn't entirely happy to see us at first.

Caleigh wasn’t entirely happy to see us at first.

But she cheered up by bath time.

But she cheered up by bath time.

Tina and the CE at the girls' school.

Tina and the CE at the girls’ school.

Evie in her classroom

Evie in her classroom

Viv made a special project for us.

Viv made a special project for us.

Viv's got us pegged. (Polls means poles, as in bedposts.)

Viv’s got us pegged. (Polls means poles, as in bedposts.)

Evie and Viv at lunch.

Evie and Viv at lunch.

We came home last night (thanks, Alexandra and Andy, for last-minute housesitting!) to realize that we’ve missed every possible deadline for being ready for Christmas. Oops.

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I hope you’re more ready and organized than I am at this point. If not, you can join me in trying to make sense of it all by turning to writer Madeleine L’Engle’s Advent poem, After Annunciation:

“This is the irrational season
When love blooms bright and wild,
Had Mary been filled with reason
There’d have been no room for the child.”

Happy Countdown!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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3 Responses to It’s the most wonderfully short time of the year.

  1. pollo amigo says:

    Much better to be at Grandparents’ Day than battling for a parking spot in a mall!

  2. dizzyguy says:

    Polloplayer has it right. We had far more fun seeing the girls’ Christmas program and visiting their classes than we would have had shopping. Someone out there will not be getting a new sweater that is the wrong color and does not fit all because of this trip. We are so sorry!!

  3. tdevir says:

    Thank you for making the trip (and long drive home- yikes!) to the girls’ school for Grandparents Day. It was very fun for me to see the girls interact with you in their classroom settings. I also enjoyed putting off my Christmas shopping a few more days to spend quality time with you- much more fun! Thanks again for coming! xo

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