New Year’s Promises, or resolutions and they’re also known. Probably the reason gym memberships are so much cheaper in July. But in all seriousness, we are probably all too familiar with making a New Year’s Resolution– and perhaps breaking it. In the first month. If you’re me. But I have an idea which could help with that.
The Winter Solstice, also known as Midwinter, occurs on 21st and 22nd December- depending on which hemisphere you’re in. In London, on the 22nd December the sun will rise at 8:04 am and set at 3:54 pm. This will give us a total of 7 hours 50 daylight. Further north in Edinburgh- the day will last an astounding 6 hours 58 minutes.
Because 22/12/16 will be the shortest, darkest day of the year, it’s a great day to make your resolution for the future on. Furthermore, when you make your Midwinter Promise- you’ll be making a resolution at a time when life is generally going on as normal still (since Christmas Day is yet to happen)- this means that you’re more likely to keep it.
Perhaps all of the above will make you re-consider when to make your New Year’s Resolution, which will therefore become your Midwinter Promise…