“There’s a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they’re absolutely free. Don’t miss so many of them” – Jo Walton
The winter makes it a lot easier to watch a sunrise. With it rising at the moment here in Sweden just before 0815, it is at quite a civil hour! It allowed us more than enough time to wrap up warm against the freezing temperatures, grab our supplies for a breakfast picnic, and take a short hike to a little secluded cove – lovely to watch a sunrise with just us, but also on a Saturday morning we wouldn’t be waking anyone else up!
We have already seen many sunsets this winter (and they never fail to impress with their rainbow light shows), but not a sunrise together yet, or a sunrise picnic. So, with the light just creeping into the day we did a 30 minute walk through the woods to find our secluded little cove. The children set about playing with the ice, frost, and frozen sand, while I took charge of getting the Kelly Kettle going, and Dadda took charge of making a fire (so nice to split the chores for once and have him out with us too). I had made apple and cinnamon porridge to eat from our food flasks, but we could have hot drinks and keep a little warmer with a fire lit. We could also then toast marshmallows for a breakfast dessert.
We ended up staying for around 2 hours, just being together and connecting as a full family and enjoying the moment. The children were happy playing, Dadda and I were happy chatting sitting on our rapidly freezing backsides, and the day had a really tranquil calm start to it – one of the best things in a hectic and loud large family life. I have to say it was totally worth packing up the night before, wrapping up warm, and a mini hike through the dark woods to do it, and I thoroughly recommend this to anyone. This is the second year running we have to done this, and I hope to do it for many more years. We did it last year and it was lovely, but about 10 degrees colder!!
I have written a lot in the past about the benefits of getting getting outdoors, nature therapy, and nature play and you can click the links and have a read. However, there are benefits to specifically watching a sunrise.
9 Benefits to Watching the Sunrise:
- It is a calm and peaceful way to start the day together. It makes for generally happier moods all round and a better day.
- It is connection time together.
- It is physically good for our bodies providing melanin and vitamin D (especially good in the winter with the shorter days).
- We stop for a minute and intentionally notice the beauty surrounding us and appreciate it.
- We become more aware of our environment and surroundings. It instils a sense of wanting to nurture it, and for our little people helps them foster a love of it.
- It teaches us and our children to live in the moment and enjoy the simple things in life.
- Certainly for my three it instilled a sense of adventure and awe.
- For everyone it provides memories that will be cherished.
This is a really easy mini adventure that I think all children should experience every so often as part of their immersion in nature. So do you think you would do it? With or without a picnic, set out to watch a sunrise one morning this winter? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!