It's the winter solstice, the time of year when the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky. It's made for some spectacular sunrises and sunsets here in Merritt Island.
This is the view from our back yard. These photos were shot with my dinky cameraphone.
Sunrise on December 12.
Sunset on December 23.
And this was our Christmas sunrise on December 25, 2011:
Sunrise on December 25, 2011.