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Welcoming and Celebrating Winter!

By December 21, 2012

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winter solstice snowman ~Happy Holistic Winter Solstice~

December 21, 2012 - Winter Solstice - Today marks the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and summertime in the Southern Hemisphere. It certainly feels like winter in my neck of the woods (the Midwest) because we were hit with a blizzard yesterday. Fortunately family arrived for the holidays from out of town just before the storm made its way here. We stayed indoors all day. I cooked up a simmering pot of lentil and spinach soup and set up the mahjong board for a few hours of socializing and entertainment. A nice relaxing day!

The winter solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. As the days progress through the season daylight will grow longer and our nights become shorter. The date it occurs each year (December 21, 22, or 23) is dependent on tilt of the earth's axis.

Religious holidays that are celebrated in the winter time originating with the Winter Solstice include Saturnalia, Hanukkah, Brumalia, Christmas, and Sankranti.

Winter Solstice Articles in the Religion Spirituality Channel at About.com

snowman photo Jason Lemay / MorgueFile

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