There are nine hours, fifteen minutes and sixteen seconds today between sunup (7:17 AM) and sundown (4:32 PM), making it the shortest day of the year. By the time you read this, the little little light making it through the clouds will begin to fade. You’ll sigh out the window about how dark it will be before you get out of work. But, hey! Buck up, kid. It’s not all bad news. It’s also the longest night of the year, heh heh. So throw a log in the fireplace (YouTube Yule log video), dim the Chandelier (turn off all all the lights except the beer sign) and open a bottle of fine rosé (two forties). Clear off the bear skin rug (futon) and get ready to romance someone’s pants off (your own pants are fine). Also, bear in mind that tomorrow, we start the slow minute-by-minute climb back to summer hours. By New Year's Day, we'll be enjoying three minutes and forty-two seconds more daylight!