Today is solstice day–the winter solstice for us northerners.
It is not just any old winter solstice, but supposedly the longest night in world history. Or at least since 1912 (the story I am referencing has revised its claims).
Tonight, we will need that increasing light of the sixth candle all the more. It will be an unusually long night, and tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh (the new moon), meaning tonight will be especially dark as well as long.
Chanukah always straddles the new moon that occurs near the winter solstice, but the addition of light each night is extra-special when that new moon and the solstice coincide or nearly do. And extra-extra-special when we it’s “the longest night in the history of the earth” (or even since 1912)!