Churches are making efforts to provide services for those for whom Christmas is a difficult time, says this Guardian report. What a good idea. I have seen other churches with ‘longest night’ services to mark the longest night (and therefore shortest day?) of the year, but mostly in the USA I think.
Actually I am not sure whether today is the shortest day of the year or not. I heard on the radio that it is, but the internet is divided on the matter. The winter solstice is tomorrow, the 22nd. Perhaps someone can explain.
Whatever, I have heard that now is a good time to see the International Space Station zooming across the sky if you are in the UK. Try typing your location into this page and see what happens. Note: You will not be able to see it if it is foggy.