Have you noticed the decline in daylight lately?

It’s not imaginary.

Monday’s sunrise occurred at 7:35 a.m. in Ketchikan. The sun then scurried across the sky in less than 8 hours before setting at 3:31 p.m.

Tuesday’s daylight will be compressed a bit further, with sunrise at 7:37 a.m. and sunset by 3:29 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

And these contractions will continue until the winter solstice on Dec. 21, when just 7 hours and 5 minutes of daylight will be sandwiched between sunup at 8:13 a.m. and sundown at 3:17 p.m.

That leaves a lot of nighttime hours in a 24-hour “day.”Fortunately, it has motivated many good citizens of Ketchikan to break out their holiday lighting displays.

Seeing these festive arrays going up across Ketchikan has been a pleasure in recent days. The lights warm our spirit and prompt a smile, even if they have gone up before Thanksgiving.

It’s exciting to anticipate what further holiday lighting displays will be installed in the days ahead. Our appreciation goes to everyone who can contribute to a holiday atmosphere in Ketchikan this season.

Our daylight hours might be fewer, but our spirit can shine bright around the clock.