Today marks Winter Solstice, the shortest, darkest day of the year. It’s a turning point, though, as tomorrow our sun will shine brighter, our days will grow longer, our depression less severe (hopefully).
This Solstice, I’m celebrating in Scandinavia, where the darkness knows no bounds. On this, the shortest day of the year, the sunrise falls at 8:37 a.m., and the sunset at 3:38–that’s a cold seven hours of sunlight, yeesh.
Truly, there’s only one way to deal with such fleeting daylight: alcohol. I’ll be enjoying a big old bowl of Glogg today, which is a traditional Swedish mulled wine drink.
Glogg consists of wine, brandy, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel, and cloves; as well as some dried raisins, figs and almonds. All the ingredients meld together in a pot over heat, to create a sleepy, sweet, elixir to kiss your chapped lips.
Does it taste good? Kinda. Will it get me drunk? Definitely.
Curse you Father Winter, for your stern, cold, and domineering hand. Bless you Mother Booze, for your warmth, consistence, and calm.
Tomorrow will be better.
Featured photo by Magnus D.