The thing about the Winter Solstice is this: from here on out the days will be lengthening. And yet, it is such a slow process! On our hill, the sun falls to the horizon around 4:30 in the afternoon. Down in the valley they lose it an hour sooner. The arc is shorter - rising in the southeast, setting in the southwest.
If you have a window facing the east, you can tape bits of paper to show where the sun rises each week. You can do this on a west window to trace where it sets. Other things you might want to keep track of:
- time sun rises and sets over your horizon line
- color of the sky at different times of the day
- cloudy or clear?
- the noises you hear during the day