Thank everything that’s holy and/or scientific–today is the winter solstice. We made it. We beat the dark. Only three months to the equinox.

This year I learned a phrase connected with the Roman sun god Sol Invictus, whose birthday was celebrated around the winter solsitce: Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or “birthday of the unconquered sun.” So happy sun birthday to you–the old star hasn’t fizzled out!