I think of one of my grandmothers at this time of year. She was a gentle soul and the family story revolves around the Winter Solstice which occurs on December 22nd this year.
“[The Winter Solstice] happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere (Northern and Southern). For that hemisphere, the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight and longest night of the year, when the Sun is at its lowest daily maximum elevation in the sky. “Winter Solstice
And so, without fail, she would declare on the day after the Solstice: “Aren’t the nights getting lighter?”
That kind of optimism gets me through midwinter and back into the joys of Spring.