As I saw the last of daylight slip away yesterday, I had to take a picture. This is what it looked like at 5:55 p.m. on January 15th:
I googled this when I got home. Yesterday was 8:16:31 hours long. We have gained 32 minutes since our shortest day. It may still be cold and snow and wintery outside. But the sun is staying out a little bit longer each day. We are gaining ground.
I've changed my mind about January. I used to feel it was the longest, coldest, dreariest month of the year. I wish to amend that to December.
We are still losing daylight hours in December. It contains the shortest day and all the shortest days around it. There is all that Christmas season "stuff" to contend with.
It's always darkest before the dawn. I am starting to feel the effects of sunshine. Let there be light!