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sune
21-12-04, 08:57
Today is the winter solstice, i.e. the shortest day/longest night of the year. Here in Borgå the sun rose at 9.21 a.m. and it will set at 3.10 p.m.

In norhtern Finland the sun won't show at all for a few weeks.

Luckily we have some snow, so the night isn't too dark.

This is – in spite of Christmas – the time for the blues.

"I hate to see that afternoon sun go down."

It's dark when I drive to work in the morning and it's dark when I return home at night. In between I sit by my computer and work. (And post messages to Finlander.)

I is also St. Thomas' day, which was the official start of the Christmas period in the olden days.

Between St. Thomas' day and Epiphany it was bad manners to go hunting. Even today hunters declare Christmas peace in the forest on St. Thomas' day.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Finlanders and distant relatives "over there".

Sune

Juha
22-12-04, 07:49
Happily the shortest day of the year is now gone.

Too bad that they have promised very windy day - actually even a stormy day (on Wednesday).

But now we can wait for the Midsummer Day :)

Juha