From the beginning of the month, we've been counting down the days to Solstice with the simple ritual of lighting an additional candle each night. The first night, with one lonely flame, it seemed like it would be forever before the whole bowl would be lit, but now we've just a handful of days left and we're all feeling the excitement! Even though we're entering the coldest time of the season, it's cheering to know we'll be getting a few minutes more sunlight a day. In our area, there's a marked difference in the length of sunshine between the summer and winter solstice. At the height of summer we get over 15 1/2 hours of sun compared to just under 9 hours right now. For someone who's always looking for a sunny spot to sit in, it's a BIG difference! If you'd like to figure out the exact length of the days and nights in your area for any time of year, go here.