Midwinter Malaise : Blog Of The Nation How do you cope with the darkest two weeks of the year? Surviving the winter solstice.
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Midwinter Malaise

Susan sent out this card this year. Sarah Handel, NPR hide caption

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For some, the two weeks surrounding the winter solstice are the worst time of the year. Put simply, they're dark. And they're almost upon us. December 21st is the winter solstice, and some of us, like my colleague Susan Lund, feel it coming, viscerally.

For the past three years I've been sending solstice cards to my friends who know how much I dislike the weeks leading up to the shortest day of the year. The decreased daylight, the lack of sunshine, the gray slate skies of November, the dreary days due to overcast skies, the bleeping lack of sunshine!

I've been sending the cards electronically, but last year, I came across some actual cards with the solstice theme. So I sent them out last year and will do so again this year....Just to remind my friends we have reached the lowest point of the year, when we have the least amount of daylight we're ever going to have, and to celebrate turning that corner - the days will now be longer, gradually admittedly, but at least it's going in the right direction. And to remind us how we're all connected, some of us feel it more than others, to the rhythms of the earth turning on its axis.

PS - Being essentially an optimistic person, I also send out spring solstice cards in March!