Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | December 24, 2009

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

It IS the night before Christmas, but we’ll back up a little bit to winter solstice. For some folks winter solstice heralds the beginning of winter, but here we see it as the end of darkness; albeit in small steps, but still, we’re gaining daylight (3 seconds on the 21st, 10 seconds on the 22nd)! A few shots from the shortest day of the year…

Before sunrise; about 10:30 am

Awaiting the sun; looking south

Sunrise; a little after 11:00 am

Look closely: sunlight on the treetop behind our cabin

Sunset; a little after 3:00 pm

Last night ’twas the night before the night before Christmas. There was a community potluck at the school beginning at 6:00 pm. We snapped a few shots of Christmas decorations on the walk over…

Light-wrapped pole

Lawn decorations

Window decoration

We got a call about 4:30 saying that Tribal Council (the event organizers) needed a Santa. I guess when you’re a big guy with a grey beard, you’re just what folks are looking for. Directions were to dress up in the suit which would be at the school, wait until almost everyone had gone through the food line and then enter the gym and, “say something like ‘Ho-ho-ho!’ and a Santa’s helper will help you pass out the presents”. Passing out presents for every kid in the village–newest born baby a couple days old, to seniors in high school and all elders. It was a little disconcerting to be in the “elder” category.

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Jolly, but a bit skinny

Once the final gift was handed out, Santa waved good-bye and said he was off to Anvik.

We’re heading home to Christmas Eve dinner and presents. Merry Christmas everybody. To be continued tomorrow…



  1. Nice job, Santa. Looks like you have room for a few more cookies.

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