Saturday, December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice

WINTER, and the shortest day, begins today with the WINTER SOLSTICE.  
The sun is lowest, the night is longest, the Winter Solstice is here and so is winter!
Solstice is derived from the Latin words "sol" (sun) and "sisto" (stop).  With the approach of the Winter Solstice, the sun's highest point in the sky every day sinks lower and lower toward the southern horizon.  Today, the sun's retreat halts, after which it will appear to start moving northward.  The reverse will take place on June 21, when the day will be the longest.

The Winter Solstice is a major pagan festival, with rituals of rebirth having been celebrated for thousands of years.  Traditions that are thought of as part of Christmas ~ including Yule logs, mistletoe, and Christmas trees ~ have their roots in the pagan celebrations of Winter Solstice.
~Credit for the above photo belongs to HD Wallpapers Arena~

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