On this date in 1974 we were munching pizza at Jan and John's house in Battle Creek MI. My meal was interrupted by a trip to the hospital. Three hours later we were gifted with a son.
Most of the world pays no attention to the significance Dec. 21 holds for us.
Winter Solstice arrives sometime on this date. Or perhaps the astronomical event was observed in the next three days. The point of Solstice is that the longest, darkest days of the year are completed. We now observe light slowly showing predominance.
Rituals celebrating the return of Light have varied through the centuries and cultures of our world.
My memories of Solstice evening are of a quiet, nearly dark room. My chair seated me at a window. I could see the Christmas lights of the city below. My new son in my arms, I sang songs of welcome to another child born many years before.
"Joy to the world, the Lord has come. Let earth receive her King."
"Hail the sun of righteousness! Light and life to all he brings."