Great news for all of the Season Affectives in the Northern Hemisphere - as of approximately 6:30 CST this evening, the days are getting longer! To celebrate, I prepared version 2 of my holiday grog (Solstice Toddy?), turned on all of the lights in the house, and built a fire in the patio fireplace. Unfortunately, it was misting out, so there was a substantial amount of smoke generated, and I smell like ass... burning ass... damp burning ass. Not good.
Oh, and in case any are wondering, this celebration was purely in a medical-scientific vein. No "paganity" (drum beating, dancing about in the all-together, chanting, or spell casting) was involved. It was just a pleasant combination of drinking and fire, designed to celebrate an anticipated improvement in general mood, and to help fulfill my desire for holiday ritual and tradition. Grog recipe will be forthcoming, after a few more fine tuning iterations. I think this one has promise!