Where I live at approximately 38° North Latitude, I mark today ( 8 January ) as the genuine beginning of the short half of the year when the days are getting longer. Yes techinically the time between sunrise and sunset has been increasing since winter solstice ( 21 December ). But when sunrise comes a bit earlier, it feels like the days are getting longer.
Back on 7 December we experienced the earliest sunset of this dark corner of the year. Not until today did the time of sunrise begin to get earlier. By only a few seconds per day at first, soon the days will be noticably longer. That makes me happy. Hopeful.
The science of how this is so can be explained by the analemma.