Early this morning, I looked out the window and saw fog and rays of sun. Although I knew I was about 15-20 min too late, I grabbed my camera and headed out. The last few days were rainy and very stormy, and I was in need of some sun knowing the rain would be back by the afternoon.
While walking, I mused how in German the days between Christmas and New Year are often referred to as “between the years”. In a sense it is a bit of a strange time, the excitement of Christmas is over and the excitement of the new year is yet to come. The “old” year is almost over and the “new” one hasn’t started. I actually enjoy this time of the year very much. The soft light, being able to cozy up at home, a sense of calm at the end of a busy year and gathering energy for the year to come.
Once back at home, I did some research to find out why it’s known as the time between the years. Basically, even in Ancient Egypt this concept was known. The Egyptian year consisted of 360 days and the 5 extra days were added, being the end of one year and the beginning of the next. There is also the theory that this comes from the time when the twelve days of Christmas were celebrated. Or simply as it is known today, the days between December 24th and January 1st.
Wishing all a very Happy New Year! May 2020 be filled with health, wealth and happiness.