Saturday, December 19, 2009

Living in the Land of Perpetual Darkness

I really don't like this time of year in Alaska.

I love the Christmas season, don't get me wrong. And I like having a white Christmas. I just don't like how incredibly dark it is.

The sun rose at 10:57 and set at 2:39. That is not a whole lot of daylight. To add to that, it was below negative 30 today. Not exactly snowman-making weather.

I like being outside. My body needs sunlight and fresh air to be happy. :)

I guess I just start feeling cabin fever this time of year.

Not only is it dark and cold, but it is also really dry. We have the humidifier going, but it doesn't stop the static, chapped lips, and dry skin.

Our poor Christmas tree was beyond dead. Shriveled and dehydrated - and it had water. It was not very merry. We actually took it down this evening - can you believe that? I didn't want to, but I really hated looking at it in that state. Now we have a beautiful piles of presents under the piano instead. :)

Monday is the Winter Solstice and then the days will begin getting longer again. I am looking forward to some more sunlight.


SmallWorld at Home said...

I really cannot imagine, but I am fascinated! Your kids are having such amazing experiences in Alaska!

Christina said...

We just submitted our COT. Your blog has inspired the prayer "Please God, give us Germany, and NOT Alaska!"

Rose said...

I would have a hard time with so little daylight too. I've always wanted to visit Alaska at this time of year and see what it's like, but I wouldn't want to stay very long.