One of the largest adjustments we have had to make in our time in Scotland thus far has been the amount of daylight we are getting this winter. While I knew the days would be short, I had no idea that leading up to the Winter Solstice the sun wouldn’t rise until almost 9am and set at 3:45pm. However, as you can see in the photo below, it feels earlier than that. I took the photo at just after 3pm last week. In the photo, it’s already getting dark. With the sun rising so late in the morning (8:46am today), getting up early feels like you are rising in the middle of the night. For example, a couple of nights ago Eli woke up in the middle of the night. I stumbled through the pitch black to his room, calmed him down, and then returned to bed. As I lay down, I looked at the time to see how many more hours of sleep I was going to get. To my surprise, it was 7:15 AM! Sadly, I only had another 15 minutes before the alarm was to go off. And it was another hour and a half before sunrise.
Today all of that changes! Today is the shortest day of the year! Thankfully, tomorrow the days start to get longer! Officially, today’s sunset is at 3:45 pm. I am sure it won’t be long before we are back to having extremely long days. Until then, I will take solace in the fact that each day gains a few seconds of daylight.