Yuletide – The Longest Night
The title strikes to the deepest fear of any insomniac. Regardless of the varied reasons for sleep deprivation, the extra hour in bed that we get when the clocks go back is bad enough, and the longest night just adds insult to injury. Don’t you think?
And yet – traditions (regardless of religious beliefs) ensure that the days following the longest night are filled with celebration, cheer and best wishes for the coming blossom of spring. The advent of the longest night means that from now until mid- June the nights get shorter and daylight lightens our life.
Yuletide cites to the Germanic and Nordic roots of Heathenism or Paganism, when faith in the rise and fall of the seasons was significant to the welfare of the population and its wellbeing. Rituals like the burning of the yule log, the bringing into the home evergreen trees or branches, the lighting of candles, Waysailing, and Mummering are a celebration of the day when the sun stands still in the sky. Tomorrow is the day when change happens.
Of course nowadays, the new year is when we now renounce our bad habits and resolve to improve our performance. But maybe tonight is the real New Year’s eve? Thoughts amass over the next 10 days whilst we turn our attention to festivals, feasting and families without the focus of working for our living. The pronouncements on Dec 31st are as a result of our merry musings.
So now all you insomniacs, like me, can use the time, in this the longest night, to consider what we might change as of tomorrow. That way we can take a distinct advantage on those who always get a full 8 hours of that sleep we crave!
At little light nachtmusik whilst you ponder?