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Celebrations & Winter Solstice

December 21, 2014

Today marked the winter solstice – the longest night of the year or the shortest day, whichever way you want to look at it. From this day forward the days will get longer until the summer solstice when the opposite occurs. In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator. In the northern hemisphere we mark the winter solstice today, while in the southern hemisphere they mark the summer solstice. Because of the earth tilting as it rotates around the sun, the Northern Hemisphere receives less direct sunlight (creating winter) while the Southern Hemisphere receives more direct sunlight (creating summer). As the Earth continues its orbit the hemisphere that is angled closest to the sun changes and the seasons are reversed.

The winter solstice is celebrated by many people around the world as the beginning of the return of the sun, and darkness turning into light. Most celebrations included food and merriment and the tradition of the yule log began in Europe. To keep with tradition, I had a family party today with much food and merriment, and had a fire in the fireplace–our own yule log. holidays Dec 21.1404

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holidays Dec 21.1409 Then I went to another party, a true winter solstice party. holidays Dec 21.1413

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While winter is officially here, it felt quite nice most of the day, with a bright sunny day. Let’s all hope for a nice, mild winter!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Liz McKay permalink
    December 23, 2014 4:40 pm

    Great pics and so totally true of our food traditions! You do a phenomenal job professionally and personally.

    Merry Christmas!!

    Sent from my iPhone


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