We just nailed down the time that our shabbat dinner guests are coming tonight. 7:45. It reminded me of something I heard R. Zalman Schachter Shalomi say when I was a kid.
Some folks were scurrying into shul late and someone said that it is hard to get to shul on time when candle-lighting time is so early in the winter. He reminisced about the time he spent in Manitoba and how often shabbos wouldn’t come in until 9:30pm in the summer and the ladies of the siterhood would still be running around in a haze right before candle-lighting no matter what time of day it was.
With that, shabbat shalom to all.