The sun rose this winter solstice day before 8am over the east coast of England and at 8.02am in London.
It is midwinter, or Yule.
Twelve days of partying, giving gifts, visiting friends and eating too much seem the right thing to do at this bleak time of year to celebrate that from now onwards the days start to get longer.
I do feel much more in the party mood than I have for the past week or so. And that is just the way it should be.
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