December 21st, Winter Solstice, is the darkest day of a pretty dark year, but there’s an upside. Here in Toronto, the sun rises at 7:48 AM and sets at 4:43 PM for 8 hours and 55 minutes of daylight. But every single day contains a little more sunshine than the last one … until the Summer Solstice, of course. With the vaccine being administered here at our very own University Health Network, that makes every day feel brighter too.

Speaking of bright, if cloud cover eases in the evening, we may have a once in a lifetime experience of seeing Jupiter and Saturn align in an event known as “The Great Conjunction”. Apparently this conjunction hasn’t appeared this bright for 397 years, and won’t again until 2080.

It’s easy to admire the delights in the night sky. NASA does these every month!

So though your holidays may not feel like they normally would, there is still a lot to wonder at and enjoy. We can bundle up and go for hikes, admire the night sky, or snuggle up with a blanket, hot cocoa and get Hygge with it.

Happy Holidays from all of us in the Talkin’ Trash Team!

P.S. Enjoy some sweet shots from my recent Ashbridges Bay hike:

UPDATE: it was too cloudy to see this amazing celestial event so I will try to stay healthy for 2080. For now, more hikes!