At Blue Gables Farm, sunset is at 4:43 PM every day from 11/30 thru 12/14, and then it’s 4:44 PM on 12/15 and 4:45 PM by 12/18. It never gets darker earlier than right now!

We will celebrate more on December 15, than on December 22, the day after the winter solstice.  It may sound weird, but here’s why.  The earliest sunset is more of a downer for us than the shortest day of the year.  The December solstice (winter solstice) in Baltimore is at 10:27 pm on Thursday, December 21, 2023. In terms of daylight, this day is 5 hours, 32 minutes shorter than the June solstice (longest day).  In most locations north of the equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date, but the earliest sunset varies by latitude.  For us, early sunsets affect our business and moods more than shorter days will.  Yes, it’s another two weeks before the shortest day, but in only one week, the sunsets will get a little later.

It Could Be Worse

The Arctic Circle is at 66 degrees north, and that is where the sun doesn’t come up at all this time of year.  You have to be mentally tough to live that far north in the winter.  We know people who live in Iceland, and the lack of light is challenging for them.  It’s almost as if we know that Sun = Life.

Yes, there will be many dark and the coldest of days ahead, but very soon the sun will shine a little more each day. Keep warm and think bright thoughts.