Congratulations! You’ve survived the part where daylight hours are decreasing. It is now officially winter. I’d say something comforting like, “That wasn’t so bad, was it?” But it kind of was. It’s been butt fricking cold for weeks already.
Well, I am happy to report that things are looking up. Now that the winter solstice has come and gone, daylight hours are increasing by about two minutes per day. Lots of people think that daylight hours get shorter all winter. False. The winter solstice gives us the least amount of daylight all year (about nine hours here in New York). It’s all uphill from here…or until the summer solstice. Bring on the light!
The winter solstice was exciting for other reasons, too. Like how there was a total lunar eclipse. I’d been looking forward to the eclipse for months. Then I realized that totality (when the moon is completely covered by the Earth’s shadow) was going to be at 3:00 in the morning. I tried to stay awake. I really did. But around 1:30 a.m., I had to call it a night/morning. If you were trying to stay up late, I hope you hung in there long enough to see the red moon. I’ve seen several eclipses and each one is unique in its own magical way.
Speaking of magical. I celebrated the winter solstice in the best possible way this year. Mummenschanz was here! This was a Very Big Deal. I’ve been in love with Mummenschanz since I saw them on The Muppet Show when I was little. You know how some things just speak to you in mysterious ways? And you feel this instant, intense connection? That’s how it was with me and Mummenschanz. They’re the most amazing performance art troupe that conveys meaning without speaking. You might see shimmery cellophane, huge balloon people, or just a big blob, but each skit is filled with an array of emotions. They were last here in 1996 and I’d been waiting all this time to see them again. They were just as magnificent as I remembered. It was awesome to see old friends like this one:
Since I was a little girl, I’ve wondered what it would be like to meet the Mummenschanz performers. I even have them listed in that section on MySpace where you put who you’d like to meet. So guess what happened? I got to meet Floriana Frassetto after the show! She’s been a Mummenschanz performer from the start – almost 40 years ago! Floriana is a super friendly neighbor who could not have been sweeter. Look how friendly she is:
It was really hard not to burst out crying. But I just focused on how we had a fun black-and-white theme going. This was the ultimate way to celebrate the winter solstice…and a dream come true.
Here’s to warm nights, bright days, and a happy, healthy holiday season for you and yours. And to more dreams coming true in 2011!