With Monday’s winter solstice, we have now passed the shortest day of the year.

Each day in January, we will gain between 90 seconds and two minutes of daylight. In February, that number will rise to two-and-a-half additional minutes of daylight each day, rounding out at two additional minutes through the summer solstice in June.

Recognizing the physical and emotional health benefits of sunlight, especially during this pandemic winter, our collective wish for the holidays (and beyond) is that we each get to spend at least a few minutes out-of-doors daily—safely and responsibly, of course—while the sun is shining. Morning, noon or evening. Running about, walking or just standing still, breathing deeply and enjoying the light and the Cape Cod around us.

It’s easy to see why sunlight is a symbol of warmth, hope and renewal. And who couldn’t use all of those after a year like this one?

Thank you for reading the Enterprise and for making the paper and our Capenews website big parts of your life.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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