The solstice is approaching - will you be doing anything to mark midwinter / midsummer? How much daylight will you have where you are? Here in Galway, Ireland the stats are as follows: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/astronomy.html?n=1999 I will be out celebrating on Thursday night but not particularly for the solstice - more for the general Christmas period. More broadly do you feel the changes in daylight influence your moods? Personally I find it much harder to get myself started in the mornings and I go to bed earlier. Not sure if that is the cold or the sixteen hours of darkness. For those of you in the southern hemisphere do you mark the day? Those of you in the tropics do you notice any difference in the length of the days at all?