Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mark Your Calendars, Dec. 21

Having a Winter Solstice celebration, is not just another PC way of saying "Christmas party.”, I told one of my colleagues yesterday. 

In short, Winter Solstice is the annual day of the shortest period of daylight.  In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice will occur at 12.47pm Eastern Time on December 21, 2009.  Historically what this means is that from this day forward the days get longer until the next solstice in June.  As the grandson of European immigrants, part of my family tradition celebrates this day with bonfires into the night, knowing that tomorrow will have a little more light, crops can be planted soon, and springtime is on its way before long.

I hope you’ll try to fit this significant day in to your busy holiday schedule, no matter what other celebrations you may enjoy.  It’s a great time to bundle up the kids, put the dog on a leash to enjoy the winter night, and explain to your family how folks long ago celebrated this day.  (Sources & Photo Credit: Wiki, Time and Date)

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