The sun is setting later now. But wait Dave, you say, the Winter Solstice isn’t until next week, you must be mistaken.
For reasons involving astronomical physics and the orbit and tilt of the earth, the sun starts setting later even before the solstice while the sun rises later well beyond the solstice.
Here in Springfield, the sunsets bottom out at 4:34 PM in early December. We are now looking at a 4:35 PM sunset today. Hey, every little bit counts until Congress finally implements my plan for sunsets to never occur before 8:30 PM.