Sweden is dark in the wintertime. In December, the sun is only visible for seven hours on a clear day. To keep the darkness at bay, Swedes turn on lights, set candles in their windows, and put up festive decorations for the holidays. I'm familiar with these traditions only because my sister-in-law lives in Sweden with her husband and two baby girls.
I admire pretty much every single thing about my sister-in-law.
Today is her birthday.
Anna, in solidarity with your Arctic circle plight, I'm lighting a candle in my window. There will be luminaria to follow on Christmas Eve. I love you. I'm so grateful to have you in my life. Happy birthday.