Dusk at the Twilight of the Year

Twinkle, twinkle little star…

“This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. (…) Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.”

“What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?”

Thought I’d combine today’s daily prompt with the photo challenge, because they both signify that it’s December Holiday season, however you call it. Most consider this Christmas time, followed by the New Year.

As humans, we love to delineate time with events, then construct our lives around these arbitrary timings. Sure, the world has shifted its functioning to accommodate, with holiday days off and vacation time scheduled in December. But is there really any reason beyond that to not meet friends and family, say in the middle of May? People remember to call their parents on the designated Hallmark day, their birthdays, or Christmas. Rarely do most people pick up the phone on a random evening in September. We’re slaves to marketing. Which isn’t really surprising.

So we’ve all got these gatherings to go to before the end of the designated “holiday season” after which everyone goes back to work and the planet normalizes into its daily rhythms. For most people, that would be January 4th, the Sunday after New Year’s Day which falls on a Thursday (so the 2nd is likely a holiday, or time taken off). To the people working jobs in retail, and food service, and healthcare, and 24/7 contact centres – I feel your pain.

The end of the year is also the theoretical deadline to get “New Year’s Resolutions” officially down, all ready to be ignored or forgotten once 2015 gets into the swing of things. I might just talk about that here before year end.

The photo above was taken around dusk, with the setting sun in the background, on my way to one of these Christmas gatherings of friends. No matter what the timing, it’s always good to share a pint with people you rarely get the chance to see outside of these occasions. I noticed the single star in the sky, hovering above the twinkling lights of the city below. Maybe she was on her way to her own gathering of stars, and was making good time.


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