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Above from left, photo by Don Dunbar of Eastern Maine Images; Early Light (Acrylic on Canvas) by Marcia Crumley; Sterling Silver "Sunny" Necklace by Jeanette Ware; Passamaquoddy Bookmark by Victoria Neptune. 

Dear Friend of The Commons,

Yesterday 2/21/20, Winter Solstice officially came with the day’s first sunrise in Maine’s easternmost city — Eastport. There is something wonderful to be in the place where each day’s sunrise first touches our nation.  Scientists and historians inform us the sun has risen for 4,603 billion years. The sun has been constant in its morning appearance —starting a new day, wherever you are.  The shortest day for us all happened yesterday, and the longest night began at 3:48 pm. ET. The night will shorter today, arriving at minute later. Old News some may say.  Yet this miracle of light that sustains life on our Precious Planet, is worth celebrating.  
The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow
 sang Little Orphan Annie. Around our globe, and for the next nine days the sunrise will move us toward a New  Year. In addition to the large celebrations in this time of year, here are a few ideas on how to have some “small celebrations” as we move to New Year’s Eve —and to a new year 2021!  To learn more about International Celebrations: 

Dec. 22 - National Date Nut Bread Day.
Dec. 23 —Family Roots Day
Dec. 24 — National Chocolate Day
Dec. 25 - Christmas Day
Dec. 26 — Boxing Day
Dec 27 — Make a Cut Out Snowflake Day
Dec. 28 - Card Playing Day
Dec. 29 — Special News Day!
Dec. 30 — Bacon Day
Dec. 31 - Make Up Your Mind Day
Then, 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…1… Happy New Year 2021.

The 29th We’ll share Eastport’s New Year’s Eve story— different this year —calling for creativity, joy and hope as the sun rises Jan 1st.

- The Women of the Commons - Linda, Meg and Nancy
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