This is the lowest point of the year. I find myself wanting to stay in bed for as long as I can, often not getting up before midday. We’re getting about seven and a half hours of daylight each day, we’ve had rain every day and not the merest glimmer of sunlight. The Samaritans deal with more calls from suicidal people during December than in any other month. The gloom is exacerbated by the immense social and commercial build-up to Christmas with all the garish glitter and false opulence that comes with a capitalist society. And the gloom is worse still during that grey period between the 26th and the 31st of December when all the phony excitement is over and all that remains is the debris of the year, piles of wrapping paper, broken toys, the Christmas tree that you got cheap shedding its needles and the bottles of wine, whiskey, beer and vodka are now as empty as your soul.
Yes, this really is the anus of the year. But for me at this time the Winter Solstice is past. The path to Spring is just beginning. It’s a very slow start and at times it seems we’re regressing back into Winter. But it will move forward, nature will renew itself and we’ll soon be enjoying the path Spring and Summer (and hopefully not last year’s washout).
Here’s to 2013!