Friday, December 22, 2023

Winter Solstice 2023 Brings Light Amongst Darkness

Happy Winter Solstice!

It's the time of year when nightime comes earlier and covers the earth with an inky darkness. December shares her admiration for illumination with Winter's grand entrance on the Winter Solstice. With the weather a bit darkened and cold surrounding, I heated a cup of herbal tea, paused to contemplate before finished decorating our new Christmas tree. I added an extra light around the topper and ornamental memories. 

glitter against
December's cold darkness
bringing brightness and hope
©CV, 2023

A special thanks goes to Margaret Simon who offered time to reflect at her This Photo Wants to be a Poem blog . I created another elfchen poem (see above). 


Then, off to the Nutcracker Ballet I went for a family holiday event followed by a delicious dinner at Medium Rare, and a stop-off at a charming, fully-lit house with a bright, creative outside theme. This led to a cherita (story) poem. 


a magical ballet
sparking the imagination

of two little girls
who dream of possibilities
beyond the winter solstice  
©CV, 2023

When pulling into my community at the end of the day, I realized  there is magic in the darkness. Holiday lights illuminate houses and streets bringing good cheer. Luminaries light pathways and hope is in the night air. 

Merry Christmas 2023 from our House to Yours

Love lights more lives than hate extinguishes. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

May you be filled with light and joy this weekend while
waiting for the Divine Light to enter this world.


While it's late on Friday, the Poetry Friday community is still gathering at our host, Jone Rush McCulloch's blog here. She writes of the Winter Solstice and her day of celebration in prose and poems. 


  1. Carol, thanks for your beautiful poems and glittering images, for bringing light to my day!

    1. We all need light, especially in the darkness as we travel, Karen.

  2. You've made me happy that you've had such a 'glitter-filled' week, Carol. I'm glad that you posted and wish you the Merriest of Christmases with the family!

    1. Linda, I am also glad that I shared poetry with PF friends. I ended up with a sinus infection and I keep falling asleep from the allergy pills. Today, we took a break after last night. Although I would have loved to see the botanical garden and DC tree with my little grandgirls and extended family, it is best to be just being at home. Happy Holidays, dear friend.

  3. Your cherita pairs beautifully with The Nutcracker and says so much in just a few words. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and joy-filled new year!

    1. Linda, I appreciate your feedback on the cherita. It is great to have wonderful PF friends like you.

  4. Merry Christmas, Carol. There is such beauty here. Your grandgirls are very fortunate to inherit such a legacy from you.

  5. Thanks Carol, for spreading more
    "sparking the imagination"
    and dreams
    "of possibilities"
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  6. Carol, wow, so much light and beauty here and in your celebrations. So gorgeous. I love the photo of your house all lit up--lights in the darkness are magical and bring hope and good cheer, as you say. Light brings courage and safety, as well. Here's to much more Light in the world. May you have a blessed rest of your holiday season.