The Winter Solstice is here!

The Winter Solstice Explained

The Winter Solstice occurs each year in the Month of December on the 20th, 21st, 22nd, or 23rd. This unique day marks the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere, where it is known as the Summer Solstice. This year, the Winter Solstice will take place on Sunday, December 21st at 3:03pm PST.

What makes this day so special is that the sun is directly above the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere, and the sun is positioned in a way that the North Pole is tilted furthest from the sun. Those in locations south of the Antarctic Circle towards the South Pole will see the Midnight Sun, with 24 hours of daylight. However, on our side of the world, we will have a day with the least amount of daylight.

The good news for me personally, is that while it is the shortest and thus darkest day of the year, every day thereafter becomes a little longer and eventually leads us to my favorite seasons, Spring and Summer!  So while it is a dark moment, there is light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.

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